Democracy's Literature: Politics and Fiction in America

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Frank Potenziani Associate Professor of Constitutional Studies Patrick J Deneen, Patrick J. Deneen, Joseph Romance
Rowman & Littlefield, 2005 - 238 strán (strany)
American literature is profoundly, almost inescapably political. America's most thoughtful authors long ago realized that it was through the novel, the novella, and the story that philosophic education of America's citizens would best be undertaken. In this fascinating new anthology of original essays, ten leading scholars explore the ways in which American civic education has been informally advanced through literature. Delving into the works of authors ranging from Mark Twain to William Faulkner to Octavia Butler, these essays reflect on the close relationship between democracy and literature. They convey an understanding that the greatest American literary works are also works of profound philosophical insight. Through careful analysis, Democracy's Literature illustrates that democracy and literature are natural partners, forging a relationship that America's greatest authors have long realized in their subtle efforts to craft a democratic public philosophy.

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The Art of Democratic Literature
Billy Budd and the Politics of Prudence
Yankee Go Home Twains Postcolonial Romance
Tom Sawyer Potential President
Patriots and Philosophers The Idea of Obligation and Race in William Faulkners Intruder in the Dust
A Story about Nothing Two Kinds of Nihilists and One Kind of Christian in Flannery OConnors Good Country People
Ralph Ellisons Invisible Men
Go Tell It on the Mountain James Baldwin and the Politics of Faith
Vexed Genealogy Octavia Butler and Political Memories of Slavery
Hello Babies Eliot Rosewater and the Art of Citizenship in the Graduation Speeches of Kurt Vonnegut
The American Mystery Deepens Hearing Tocqueville in Don DeLillos White Noise
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Patrick Deneen is the Markos and Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University. Joseph Romance is professor of political science at Drew University.

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