American Literature and the Destruction of Knowledge: by Ronald E. Martin

By Ronald E. Martin

In this demanding paintings, Ronald E. Martin analyzes the impulse of significant 19th- and twentieth-century American writers to undermine not just their inherited paradigms of literary and linguistic proposal yet to question how paradigms themselves are developed. via analyses of those writers, in addition to contemporaneous scientists, mathematicians, philosophers, and visible artists, American Literature and the Destruction of Knowledge creates a wide ranging view of yank literature during the last one hundred fifty years and exhibits it to be a very important a part of the nice philosophical adjustments of the period.
The works of Melville, Emerson, Whitman, and Dickinson, via Crane, Frost, Pound, Stein, Hemingway, Dos Passos, Aiken, Stevens, and Williams, are tested as a part of a cultural present that casts doubt at the probability of data itself. The destruction of ideas, of literary and linguistic types, used to be for those writers a precondition for freeing the mind's eye to achieve extra entry to the self and the genuine international. As a part of the exploration of this cultural context, literary and philosophical realisms are tested jointly, permitting a comparability in their a bit diverse ambitions, in addition to their universal epistemological predicament.

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