mercredi 23 février 2011

Alessandro Portelli, THE TEXT AND THE VOICE; WRITING, SPEAKING, AND DEMOCRACY IN AMERICAN LITERATURE, New York, Columbia University Press, 1994, 415 p

Thus while I do follow a broadly historical drift (from early national literature to contemporary mass culture), what interests me are the lines and links of analogy and difference over space and time, across genres and identities. The procedures, devices, and symbols I am looking for are not to be found in isolation in individual authors, texts, or historical periods: rather, they are shared by widely diverse texts and authors, and in turn coexist with their opposites within the same texts. Injecting Pynchon, DeLillo, and Vizenor in a discussion of Hawthorne, Melville, and Poe (and juxtaposing Hank Williams to Emerson) may seem quite a leap, until it can be seen that the connection illuminates both sides in ways in which a series of distinct chronological presentations might not.
(introduction, p. xvi-xvii)

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