© 1991

The American Scene

Essays on Nineteenth-Century American Literature


Part of the New Directions in American Studies book series (NDAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Stuart Hutchinson
    Pages 1-20
  3. Stuart Hutchinson
    Pages 37-56
  4. Stuart Hutchinson
    Pages 57-72
  5. Stuart Hutchinson
    Pages 73-93
  6. Stuart Hutchinson
    Pages 95-112
  7. Stuart Hutchinson
    Pages 113-129
  8. Stuart Hutchinson
    Pages 131-144
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 145-161

About this book


The American Scene considers major texts of nineteenth century American literature: The Leatherstocking Tales, Poe's fiction, The Scarlet Letter, Moby-Dick, Leaves of Grass, Dickinson's poetry, Huckleberry Finn, James's The American Scene. It sees these works as attempts to articulate relationships between the self and the New World. The indeterminacy of the relationships is expressed in the formal instability of the works themselves. In these respects, nineteenth century American literature is shown to offer a striking contrast to comparable English literature.


America American Literature Amerikanische Literatur Cooper English literature fiction

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  1. 1.University of KentCanterburyUK

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