The Resource Perfecting friendship: : politics and affiliation in early American literature, Ivy Schweitzer, (ebook)

Perfecting friendship: : politics and affiliation in early American literature, Ivy Schweitzer, (ebook)

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Perfecting friendship: : politics and affiliation in early American literature
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Perfecting friendship:
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politics and affiliation in early American literature
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Ivy Schweitzer
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eng
Summary
Contemporary notions of friendship regularly place it in the private sphere, associated with feminized forms of sympathy and affection. As Ivy Schweitzer explains, however, this perception leads to a misunderstanding of American history. In an exploration of early American literature and culture, Schweitzer uncovers friendships built on a classical model that is both public and political in nature. Schweitzer begins with Aristotle's ideal of "perfect" friendship that positions freely chosen relationships among equals as the highest realization of ethical, social, and political bonds. Evidence in works by John Winthrop, Hannah Foster, James Fenimore Cooper, and Catharine Sedgwick confirms that this classical model shaped early American concepts of friendship and, thus, democracy. Schweitzer argues that recognizing the centrality of friendship as a cultural institution is critical to understanding the rationales for consolidating power among white males in the young nation. She also demonstrates how women, nonelite groups, and minorities have appropriated and redefined the discourse of perfect friendship, making equality its result rather than its requirement. By recovering the public nature of friendship, Schweitzer establishes discourse about affection and affiliation as a central component of American identity and democratic community
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Midwest
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Schweitzer, Ivy
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810.9/353
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no index present
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non fiction
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  • Winthrop, John
  • Cooper, James Fenimore
  • Sedgwick, Catharine Maria
  • Foster, Hannah Webster
  • American literature
  • Friendship in literature
  • Politics and literature
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • Friendship
  • Political culture
  • Electronic books
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adult
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Perfecting friendship: : politics and affiliation in early American literature, Ivy Schweitzer, (ebook)
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1 online resource
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9780807876718
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(electronic bk.)
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MWT11720036
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remote
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11720036
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MWT11720036
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
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Perfecting friendship: : politics and affiliation in early American literature, Ivy Schweitzer, (ebook)
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Publication
Color
multicolored
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780807876718
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11720036
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11720036
System control number
MWT11720036
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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