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National Melancholy

Breitwieser, Mitchell

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ISBN 10: 0804755817 / ISBN 13: 9780804755818
Published by Stanford, 2007
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Title: National Melancholy

Publisher: Stanford

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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In National Melancholy, Breitwieser offers close readings of important American writers (Anne Bradstreet, Thomas Jefferson, Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau, Sarah Orne Jewett, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Jack Kerouac) who were struggling to understand mourning, both in their own experience and in the abstract. He draws attention to their inquiries into the way mourning gets blocked or diverted, especially into external social interferences with mourning designed to transform mournful emotions into feelings of solidarity with national causes, and into the depression that follows from such false mourning. Emphasizing their struggle to repossess mourning, he argues that for several of them reclaimed mourning opened a door onto a strange and fresh understanding of experience.

About the Author:

Mitchell Breitwieser is Professor of English at the University of California-Berkeley. He is is the author of Cotton Mather and Benjamin Franklin: The Price of Representative Personality and of American Puritanism and the Defense of Mourning: Religion, Grief and Ethnology in Mary White Rowlandson's Captivity Narrative. His current project is tentatively titled The Life and Times of Harry Lime: Personal and Historical Disappointment in Graham Greene's The Third Man.

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