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by Scott E. Casper

  • ISBN: 0807824623
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Scott E. Casper
  • Subcategory: History & Criticism
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (April 26, 1999)
  • Pages: 456 pages
  • FB2 size: 1902 kb
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  • Rating: 4.7
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Scott Casper's Constructing American Lives is an important contribution to the understanding of a major genre of nineteenth-century American literature and historiography that has barely begun to be studied in a systematic way. This book is now the court of first resort.

Scott Casper's Constructing American Lives is an important contribution to the understanding of a major genre of nineteenth-century American literature and historiography that has barely begun to be studied in a systematic way. Lawrence Buell, Harvard University. Anyone interested in nineteenth-century American cultural production will need to read book. Journal of American History

This was hardly the case in the nineteenth century, argues Scott Casper, associate .

This was hardly the case in the nineteenth century, argues Scott Casper, associate professor of history at the University of Nevada, Reno, in his learned and profound new book, Constructing American Lives: Biography and Culture in Nineteenth-Century America. Hundreds, even thousands of biographies were written and published between 1790 and the turn of the twentieth century. But a great difference exists between nineteenth-century biography and our own. In the nineteenth century, biography had to work for a living; contemporary life-writing merely satisfies our curiosity.

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Nineteenth-century American authors, critics, and readers believed that biography had the power to shape individuals' characters and to help define the nation's identity

Nineteenth-century American authors, critics, and readers believed that biography had the power to shape individuals' characters and to help define the nation's identity. In an age predating radio and television, biography was not simply a genre of writin. Nineteenth-century American authors, critics, and readers believed that biography had the power to shape individuals' characters and to help define the nation's identity. Bu kitaba önizleme yap . Kullanıcılar ne diyor?

Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999.

Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999. Lucy F. Townsend (a1).

Circulation records from local lending libraries, just one of a wide array of sources Scott E. Casper explores, reveal that diverse groups of readers, both male and female, thrived on reading biographies. That the biographies they embraced were neither good literature nor good history cannot, according to Casper, explain contemporary scholars' wholesale neglect of the genre

Scott E. Casper, American historian.

Scott E. Recipient Field Dissertation prize Yale University, 1992; Mellon fellow in the humanities Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 1986-1992, Peterson fellow American Antiquarian Society, 1990-1991, 98-99, Kahrl fellow Houghton Library Harvard University, 1993-1994, National Endowment of the Humanities fellow Winterthur Museum and Library.

Constructing American Lives: Biography and Culture in Nineteenth-Century America Nineteenth-century American authors, critics, and readers believed that biography had the power to shape individuals' characters and to help define the nation's identity. University of North Carolina Press.

Nineteenth-century American authors, critics, and readers believed that biography had the power to shape .

Nineteenth-century American authors, critics, and readers believed that biography had the power to shape individuals' characters and to help define the nation's identity. In an age predating radio and television, biography was not simply a genre of writing, says Scott Casper; it was the medium that allowed people to learn about public figures and peer into the lives of strangers. In this pioneering study, Casper examines how Americans wrote, published, and read biographies and how their conceptions of the genre changed over the course of a century.

Nineteenth-century American authors, critics, and readers believed that biography had the power to shape individuals' characters and to help define the nation's identity. In an age predating radio and television, biography was not simply a genre of writing, says Scott Casper; it was the medium that allowed people to learn about public figures and peer into the lives of strangers. In this pioneering study, Casper examines how Americans wrote, published, and read biographies and how their conceptions of the genre changed over the course of a century.Campaign biographies, memoirs of pious women, patriotic narratives of eminent statesmen, "mug books" that collected the lives of ordinary midwestern farmers--all were labeled "biography," however disparate their contents and the contexts of their creation, publication, and dissemination. Analyzing debates over how these diverse biographies should be written and read, Casper reveals larger disputes over the meaning of character, the definition of American history, and the place of American literary practices in a transatlantic world of letters. As much a personal experience as a literary genre, biography helped Americans imagine their own lives as well as the ones about which they wrote and read.
Reviews about Constructing American Lives: Biography and Culture in Nineteenth-Century America (2):
Varshav
Casper has done a great job dissecting a genre of writing that has been popular in the United States for as long as we've been printing book in this country. More than that, he has put biography into a wider culture of why we read about people's lives, and how those reasons have changed over the years. The book explores everything from campaign biographies to "mug books" to 19th century "lives and letters" books to the readers who read those books and their expectations. I was particularly taken by the discussion of William Wirt's biography of Patrick Henry and how similar books on the Founding Fathers generation were a sort of biographical imperative not only to preserve the nation's history but also to be a part of that early nation-building. Casper's thoughts here also justify why a writer of fiction like Washington Irving would turn to biography in his day. Jared Sparks, Mason Weems, James Parton, and Elizabeth Ellet also get substantial attention as writers (or compilers) of biography.
Xwnaydan
On the copy I received, the cover has obvious design flaws/typos. The subtitle on the front hyphenates the last word to nothing... and the back cover, there are no spaces in the description of the book. So far, the inside has been fine but I'm only a few pages in.

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