Mania for freedom : American literatures of enthusiasm from the Revolution to the Civil War /

In this study of literature in antebellum America, John Mac Kilgore argues that a distinct rhetorical tradition of enthusiasm emerged as a form of political dissent. This was literature written to confront normative values, to respond to critical injustice and to incite revolt, if not broad change....

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Kilgore, John Mac (Author)
Format: Book
Published: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2016]
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction: Enthusiasm, event, literature
  • An answer to the question: "What is enthusiasm?"
  • Rites of dissent: literatures of enthusiasm and the American Revolution
  • Shaking hands with the prophet: the War of 1812 and Native American enthusiasms
  • The revival of revolt: conjure, slave insurrection, and the novel of enthusiasm
  • The free state of Whitman: John Brown, the Civil War, and the dis-memberment of enthusiasm in the 1860 Leaves of grass
  • Epilogue: the tramp and strike question: terminal enthusiasms.