The Resource Sacred estrangement: : the rhetoric of conversion in modern American autobiography, Peter A. Dorsey, (ebook)

Sacred estrangement: : the rhetoric of conversion in modern American autobiography, Peter A. Dorsey, (ebook)

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Sacred estrangement: : the rhetoric of conversion in modern American autobiography
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Sacred estrangement:
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the rhetoric of conversion in modern American autobiography
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Peter A. Dorsey
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eng
Summary
Sacred Estrangement analyzes certain works by important American writers and thinkers in the context of the "rhetoric of conversion." Such analysis is especially valuable because it provides a reliable index of the relationship between the self and larger communities. Traditionally, "conversion" has served a socializing function, signifying that one has come into alignment with certain linguistic, behavioral, and cultural expectations. The socialization process is particularly apparent in the Christian conversion narratives of the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries: by publicly testifying to a conversion experience, believers became empowered members, not only of God's elect community but also of a local population. As modern autobiography developed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Christian pattern was secularized and individualized. Conversion became a model for many kinds of psychological change. With the coming of the twentieth century, however, the authors upon whom Peter Dorsey focuses, including William and Henry James, Henry Adams, Edith Wharton, Ellen Glasgow, Zora Neale Hurston, and Richard Wright, radically revised conversion rhetoric. If conversion had traditionally linked the search for illumination with the search for a defined social role, these writers increasingly used conversion as an index of estrangement from mainstream America. Dorsey documents this profound change in the way American intellectuals defined the "self," not in terms of personal orientation toward or away from a given community, but as a resistance to such an orientation altogether, as if social forces by their "nature" were a threat to personal identity
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Midwest
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1958-
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Dorsey, Peter A.
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810.9/382
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non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • American prose literature
  • Authors, American
  • Christianity and literature
  • English language
  • Conversion in literature
  • Autobiography
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adult
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Sacred estrangement: : the rhetoric of conversion in modern American autobiography, Peter A. Dorsey, (ebook)
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1 online resource
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  • online
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9780271073408
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(electronic bk.)
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MWT11620556
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remote
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11620556
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MWT11620556
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
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Sacred estrangement: : the rhetoric of conversion in modern American autobiography, Peter A. Dorsey, (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
9780271073408
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11620556
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11620556
System control number
MWT11620556
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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