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American Epic: Reading the US Constitution by Garrett Epps (review)

American Epic: Reading the US Constitution by Garrett Epps (review) Book Reviews{ 933 markably, uncomfortably, soberly world-historical" (298). The chapter is affecting in its invocation of literary and critical ancestors and their power to possess us. New conveys the experience of letting their language live and breathe inside us, an inspiration we strive to share with our students and even, perhaps, with a public "beyond" the classroom. Her book invites those of us who "find the literature of New England worth rereading"-- worth spending our lives writing about and teaching, even at public institutions far from Elmwood--to consult our hearts when wondering how and why and where that came to be (16­17). elIsaBeth CeppI Portland State University American Epic: Reading the US Constitution gaRRett epps Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013 274 pp. In this nicely written and creative book, law professor Garrett Epps guides his readers through a close and extended reading of the text of the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and subsequent amendments. The guiding spirit of that reading is a keen awareness of the poverty of our contemporary relationship with the text, or better yet, the rich but unrealized potential of our many relationships to the text. He invites us to get to know http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early American Literature University of North Carolina Press

American Epic: Reading the US Constitution by Garrett Epps (review)

Early American Literature , Volume 50 (3) – Nov 18, 2015

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Book Reviews{ 933 markably, uncomfortably, soberly world-historical" (298). The chapter is affecting in its invocation of literary and critical ancestors and their power to possess us. New conveys the experience of letting their language live and breathe inside us, an inspiration we strive to share with our students and even, perhaps, with a public "beyond" the classroom. Her book invites those of us who "find the literature of New England worth rereading"-- worth spending our lives writing about and teaching, even at public institutions far from Elmwood--to consult our hearts when wondering how and why and where that came to be (16­17). elIsaBeth CeppI Portland State University American Epic: Reading the US Constitution gaRRett epps Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013 274 pp. In this nicely written and creative book, law professor Garrett Epps guides his readers through a close and extended reading of the text of the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and subsequent amendments. The guiding spirit of that reading is a keen awareness of the poverty of our contemporary relationship with the text, or better yet, the rich but unrealized potential of our many relationships to the text. He invites us to get to know

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Early American LiteratureUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Nov 18, 2015

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