Secular Aesthetics: Form, Theme, and Method in the Study of American Literature

Material TypeArticleLanguageEnglish
TitleSecular Aesthetics: Form, Theme, and Method in the Study of American Literature Author(S)Jordan Alexander Stein (Author)
Abstract  Borrowing a turn of phrase from Talal Asad, this essay asks: What might an aesthetic study of secularism look like? Examining four case studies between roughly 1880 and 1930 (with attention to the critical writings of Walt Whitman, T.W. Higginson, Matthew Arnold, Barrett Wendell, W.D. Howells, Charles Chesnutt, and Norman Foerster), this essay demonstrates how a methodological or theoretical focus on aesthetic formalism is a symptom of the secularization of knowledge in the nineteenth century. ...Paginationp 325-344
SubjectLiteratureDescriptorsLiterature, Comparative
Journal TitleComparative Literature  
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