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Holding the Line

Selected Essays in American Literature and Culture


Clive Bush

Contents: The Circle and the Labyrinth: Vision and Speech in the «hardly accomplished revolution» of Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter – «Posts of the good»: Walt Whitman and Some Traditions of American Poetics – Toward the Outside: The Quest for Discontinuity in Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans: Being a History of a Family’s Progress – Cultural Reflections on American Linguistics from Whitney to Sapir – Is he a Bedouin? Post-war American and French Responses to North Africa in the Work of Paul Bowles and Albert Camus [with Marzia Balzani] – Hidden Persuasions: Ideology and the Representation of Commodities in Mid-Twentieth-Century American Culture – Holding the Line: Allen Ginsberg between Past and Future in the 1950s – «Why do we always say angel?»: Herbert Huncke and Neal Cassady – Muriel Rukeyser: The Poet as Scientific Biographer – To Their Own True Purposes: American Poets and Cultural Studies – The Person in Place: Lewis Mumford, Pioneer of Cultural Criticism – On Location: Landscape in the Western.