New PDF release: A Pinnacle of Feeling: American Literature and Presidential

By Sean McCann

ISBN-10: 0691136955

ISBN-13: 9780691136950

There is not any extra robust image in American political existence than the presidency, and a dead ringer for presidential energy has had no much less profound an influence on American fiction. A top of Feeling is the 1st ebook to envision twentieth-century literature's deep fascination with the trendy presidency and with the information concerning the courting among country energy and democracy that underwrote the increase of presidential authority.

Sean McCann demanding situations winning severe interpretations via revelatory new readings of significant writers, together with Richard Wright, Gertrude Stein, Henry Roth, Zora Neale Hurston, Saul Bellow, Ralph Ellison, Norman Mailer, Don Delillo, and Philip Roth. He argues that those writers not just represented or satirized presidents, yet echoed political thinkers who forged the manager government because the agent of the sovereign will of the yankee humans. They considered the president as preferably a countrywide redeemer, and so they took that excellent as a version and rival for his or her personal work.

A top of Feeling illuminates the basic predicament with democratic sovereignty that informs the main cutting edge literary works of the 20 th century, and exhibits how those works helped redefine and increase the position of govt strength in American culture.

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