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The Puritan-Provincial Vision Scottish and American Literature in the Nineteenth Century by Susan Manning

The Puritan-Provincial Vision Scottish and American Literature in the Nineteenth Century

Part of the Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series


The Puritan-Provincial Vision Scottish and American Literature in the Nineteenth Century by Susan Manning

This book suggests an interpretation of the characteristic qualities of Scottish and American literatures. Considering the self-consciously different stance which sets them apart from English literature, the author develops the constituents of the 'puritan-provincial vision': a particular way of looking at life and man's relationship to what lies beyond himself. The book begins with the writings of Calvin and culminates in detailed comparisons of individual works of Scottish and American nineteenth-century prose, questioning the literary and human consequences of this vision through theological, philosophical, political and literary contexts. This puritan-provincial vision is not exclusive to Scottish and American literature so the features discussed here will interest those concerned with other literatures written in English.


Manning's thoughtful critique shows how contradictory attitudes can arise out of, and in reaction to, a common adherence to absolutes. Her Scottish/American pairings, Home/Edwards, Smith and Jefferson, and so on--are strategically brilliant.

London Review of Books Manning succeeds admirably in conducting an argument that is both ambitious and bright with surprise.

Terence Martin, American Literature

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Publication date

2nd April 2009


Susan Manning

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Cambridge University Press


256 pages


Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900



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