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Book Title: Authorship And Audience: Literary Performance In The American Renaissance|
The author of the book: Stephen Railton
Edition: Princeton University Press
Date of issue: October 13th 1991
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ISBN 13: 9780691015163
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Stephen Railton's study of the American Renaissance proposes a fresh way of conceiving the writer as a performing artist and the text as an enactment of the drama of its own performance. Railton focuses on how major prose works of the period are preoccupied with their readers--how they seek to negotiate the conflicted space between the authors, who brought to the act of publication their own anxieties of ambition and identity, and the contemporary American reading public, which, as a growing mass audience in a democracy, had acquired an unprecedented authority over the terms of literary performance. New readings of Emerson's orations, Poe's tales, the sketches of the Southwest Humorists, Walden, Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Scarlet Letter, and Moby-Dick relocate American writers in the dramatic context in which they suffered and thrived. The book attends closely to historicist issues, arguing that one of the most profound ways that the culture shaped these texts was also the most immediate--as the audience each writer had to address. Equally concerned with biographical themes, it appreciates each of the major works within the larger pattern of the writer's public career and private needs.
Originally published in 1991.
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Read information about the authorStephen Railton is a Professor of English at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1974. He came to Virginia from Columbia University, where he received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.
Professor Railton has published numerous articles on American literature and has authored two books, including Fenimore Cooper: A Study of His Imagination. He has also appeared on PBS’s Newshour with Jim Lehrer as an expert on Mark Twain.
Dr. Railton has also created two award-winning Web-based electronic archives, intended to explore the uses of electronic technology for teaching and studying American literature: Mark Twain in His Times
and Uncle Tom’s Cabin & American Culture
which won Gettysburg College’s prestigious Lincoln Prize, awarded for the finest scholarship on Lincoln and the Civil War era.