The Literary Culture of Colonial America: Theology and Aesthetics

Paul Giles

in Transnationalism in Practice

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780748640492
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652129 | DOI:
The Literary Culture of Colonial America: Theology and Aesthetics

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This chapter examines the role of aesthetics and theology in the literary culture of colonial America. It explains that the term America first came into general use through transatlantic dialogues in the first decade of the eighteenth century and that the conception of America was formed through a dialectical process. Thus, the idea of American cultural identity in the early modern period was centred not around nationalism as such but around specific codes of law and religion, with a prior Americanism being ascribed only after 1787.

Keywords: colonial America; aesthetics; theology; literary culture; transatlantic dialogues; dialectical process; cultural identity; law and religion; Americanism

Chapter.  8325 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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