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Author Safe Driver A. D. I.

Title The American Puritan elegy : a literary and cultural study / Jeffrey A. Hammond
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000


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 W'PONDS  811.09354 H2267/A  AVAILABLE
Description xv, 264 pages ; 24 cm
Series Cambridge studies in American literature and culture
Cambridge studies in American literature and culture.
Contents Machine derived contents note: Introduction -- 1. Monuments enduring and otherwise -- 2. Toward an anthropology of Puritan reading -- 3. Weep for yourselves -- the Puritan theology of mourning -- 4. This potent fence: the holy sin of grief -- 5. Lord, is it I?: Christic saints and apostolic mourners -- 6. Diffusing all by pattern: the reading of saintly lives -- Epilogue: aestheticizing loss
Summary "Jeffrey Hammond's study takes an anthropological approach to the most popular form of poetry in early New England - the funeral elegy. Hammond reconstructs the historical, theological and cultural contexts of these poems to demonstrate how they responded to a specific process of mourning defined by Puritan views on death and grief. The elegies emerge, he argues, not as "poems" to be read and appreciated in a postromantic sense, but as performative scripts that consoled readers by shaping their experience of loss in accordance with theological expectation."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 240-255) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject American poetry -- Puritan authors -- History and criticism.
American poetry -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- History and criticism.
American poetry -- New England -- History and criticism.
Christianity and literature -- New England -- History.
Death in literature.
Elegiac poetry, American -- History and criticism.
Grief in literature.
Literature and anthropology -- New England -- History.
Puritans -- New England -- Intellectual life.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
LC no. 99016898
ISBN 0521662451 :