mardi 6 juillet 2010

Sacvan Bercovitch, THE RITES OF ASSENT; TRANSFORMATIONS IN THE SYMBOLIC CONSTRUCTION OF AMERICA, Routledge, New York, 1993

Significantly, the studies I referred to exclude consideration of the rhetoric of civil rights, the ideals of conservationism and self-realization, the appeal to liberty, and for that matter the sheer imaginative power of the culture as well as its enormous vitality. That may be no more than a choice of focus, but the choice itself misrepresents the very nature of ideology, which is to enact the purposes of a society in its totality. We come to feel, in reading these critics, that the American ideology is a system of ideas in the service of evil rather than (like any ideology) a system of ideas wedded for good and evil to a certain social and cultural order.
(p. 359)

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