John Neal and Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture ed. by Edward Watts and David J. Carlson (review)

John Neal and Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture ed. by Edward Watts and David J.... Book Reviews{ 237 community was the nexus of what we call "puritanical," should inform the questions new generations of scholars ask about the Puritans. Jonathan Beecher Field Clemson University John Neal and Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture Edited by edward watts and david J. carlson Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2012 319 pp. Why do we recover a forgotten author? Much of the expansion of the nineteenth-century canon over the past half century has occurred in response to social and political transformations and through the desire to recover the silenced voices of the underrepresented and oppressed, whether due to gender, class, race, sexuality, region, or religion. But what of writers who don't represent a social position distinct from mainstream canonical literature? In other words, what of those other dead white men? Edward Watts and David Carlson, coeditors of the important and largely impressive collection John Neal and Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, begin to raise this issue in their introduction. It's a question that, in some ways, haunts the volume. At times, they and some of the contributors follow the political bent of other recovery efforts--Neal is important because of his progressive political commitments to women's rights and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early American Literature University of North Carolina Press

John Neal and Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture ed. by Edward Watts and David J. Carlson (review)

Early American Literature, Volume 49 (1) – Mar 9, 2014

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Book Reviews{ 237 community was the nexus of what we call "puritanical," should inform the questions new generations of scholars ask about the Puritans. Jonathan Beecher Field Clemson University John Neal and Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture Edited by edward watts and david J. carlson Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2012 319 pp. Why do we recover a forgotten author? Much of the expansion of the nineteenth-century canon over the past half century has occurred in response to social and political transformations and through the desire to recover the silenced voices of the underrepresented and oppressed, whether due to gender, class, race, sexuality, region, or religion. But what of writers who don't represent a social position distinct from mainstream canonical literature? In other words, what of those other dead white men? Edward Watts and David Carlson, coeditors of the important and largely impressive collection John Neal and Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, begin to raise this issue in their introduction. It's a question that, in some ways, haunts the volume. At times, they and some of the contributors follow the political bent of other recovery efforts--Neal is important because of his progressive political commitments to women's rights and

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