9780691049649-0691049645-Culture and Redemption: Religion, the Secular, and American Literature

Culture and Redemption: Religion, the Secular, and American Literature

ISBN-13: 9780691049649
ISBN-10: 0691049645
Edition: Reprint
Author: Fessenden, Tracy
Publication date: 2013
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Format: Paperback 352 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780691049649
ISBN-10: 0691049645
Edition: Reprint
Author: Fessenden, Tracy
Publication date: 2013
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Format: Paperback 352 pages

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Acknowledged authors Fessenden, Tracy wrote Culture and Redemption: Religion, the Secular, and American Literature comprising 352 pages back in 2013. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0691049645 and 9780691049649. Since then Culture and Redemption: Religion, the Secular, and American Literature textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Many Americans wish to believe that the United States, founded in religious tolerance, has gradually and naturally established a secular public sphere that is equally tolerant of all religions--or none. Culture and Redemption suggests otherwise. Tracy Fessenden contends that the uneven separation of church and state in America, far from safeguarding an arena for democratic flourishing, has functioned instead to promote particular forms of religious possibility while containing, suppressing, or excluding others. At a moment when questions about the appropriate role of religion in public life have become trenchant as never before, Culture and Redemption radically challenges conventional depictions--celebratory or damning--of America's "secular" public sphere.


Examining American legal cases, children's books, sermons, and polemics together with popular and classic works of literature from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, Culture and Redemption shows how the vaunted secularization of American culture proceeds not as an inevitable by-product of modernity, but instead through concerted attempts to render dominant forms of Protestant identity continuous with democratic, civil identity. Fessenden shows this process to be thoroughly implicated, moreover, in practices of often-violent exclusion that go to the making of national culture: Indian removals, forced acculturations of religious and other minorities, internal and external colonizations, and exacting constructions of sex and gender. Her new readings of Emerson, Whitman, Melville, Stowe, Twain, Gilman, Fitzgerald, and others who address themselves to these dynamics in intricate and often unexpected ways advance a major reinterpretation of American writing.

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