History of Language

Kerwin Lee IZlein

in Frontiers of Historical Imagination

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 1997 | ISBN: 9780520204638
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924185 | DOI:
History of Language

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This chapter focuses on literary critics' thoughts about the American frontier narrative. Scholars such as Henry Nash and Perry Miller declared the nation's relation with nature as the key to its sense of selfhood. Many others believed that the belief in the mythic frontier encouraged political oppression at home and overseas, and also criticized the working language of American studies, proposing to replace the narrative traditions saturated with emotion and poesy with rational analysis.

Keywords: literary critics; frontier narrative; Henry Nash; Perry Miller; mythic frontier; political oppression; American studies; narrative traditions; rational analysis; working language

Chapter.  34400 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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