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Conversing By Signs Poetics of Implication in Colonial New England Culture

St. George, Robert Blair

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ISBN 10: 0807823821 / ISBN 13: 9780807823828
Editorial: University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC, 1998
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Hardcover, 8vo. 466 pp with index. AS NEW condition. Size: 8vo. N° de ref. de la librería 98884

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Título: Conversing By Signs Poetics of Implication ...

Editorial: University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC

Año de publicación: 1998

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:As New

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The people of colonial New England lived in a densely metaphoric landscape--a world where familiars invaded bodies without warning, witches passed with ease through locked doors, and houses blew down in gusts of angry, providential wind. Meaning, Robert St. George argues, was layered, often indirect, and inextricably intertwined with memory, apprehension, and imagination. By exploring the linkages between such cultural expressions as seventeenth-century farmsteads, witchcraft narratives, eighteenth-century crowd violence, and popular portraits of New England Federalists, St. George demonstrates that in early New England, things mattered as much as words in the shaping of metaphor. These forms of cultural representation--architecture and gravestones, metaphysical poetry and sermons, popular religion and labor politics--are connected through what St. George calls a 'poetics of implication.' Words, objects, and actions, referentially interdependent, demonstrate the continued resilience and power of seventeenth-century popular culture throughout the eighteenth century. Illuminating their interconnectedness, St. George calls into question the actual impact of the so-called Enlightenment, suggesting just how long a shadow the colonial climate of fear and inner instability cast over the warm glow of the early national period.

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"St. George finesses the epistemic shift from faith to science into a richly suggestive account of the continuities and paradoxes in New England colonial social relations."-- American Literary History

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