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Imagining deliberative democracy in the early American republic [electronic resource] /
Sandra M. Gustafson.
imprint
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2011.
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x, 271 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0226311295 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780226311296 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Book
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Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2011.
isbn
0226311295 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780226311296 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Deliberation: a very brief history -- The idea of deliberation -- Deliberation and democracy in the early American republic -- Whitman, Dewey, and the place of the arts -- Theories of republicanism and deliberative democracy -- Modern republicanism in the Atlantic world -- The eloquence of modern republicanism -- The view from Bunker Hill -- Writing the modern republic -- Models of ancient eloquence -- Res publica redivivus -- Eloquent Shakespeare -- Arguing with the Bible -- The politics and aesthetics of deliberation -- The rise of literary oratory -- Daniel Webster's genuine word -- The frontier humor of David Crockett -- Prophesying the multiracial republic -- Democracy and the "three races" -- Beyond the white Christian republic -- Reasoning with David Walker -- Listening to the wisdom of babes -- Toward multiracial deliberations -- Deliberative fictions -- Failures of deliberation -- Cooper's trials -- How to read deliberatively -- Democratic hermeneutics -- The great American deliberative novel -- Protest at Mashpee -- Property matters -- Conclusion: deliberative democracy past and future.
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11574648
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-11-01:
This timely book traces and attempts thereby to resuscitate the centrality of deliberative dynamics to American political and cultural life. Gustafson (English, Univ. of Notre Dame) establishes first that American republicanism relied on deliberation--as derived from classical and religious models--as antidote and complement to the compulsions of rhetorical suasion. Then, grounding her project in the republican oratory of Daniel Webster and his contemporaries, Gustafson assembles a "literary version of a deliberative poll" of antebellum authors, from Cooper and Child to Apess and Walker, on the possibilities and limits of deliberative processes; these figures "diagnose[d]" the antebellum deliberative crisis occasioned by slavery and sought to address the nation's travails through a variety of politicized aesthetics. The great strengths of this book are the comprehensiveness and nuance of Gustafson's analysis and the relevance of her project to a nation poised, then as now, on the brink of an ideological abyss; her final chapter constructs a reading praxis wherein textual representations of debate and deliberation serve to constitute a readerly subjectivity open to the experiences and needs of diverse populations--one from which all Americans, not just literary scholars and historians, can benefit. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. A. T. Hale University of Puget Sound
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"With characteristic depth and range, Gustafson accomplishes a major rethinking of the very meaning of democracy in early nineteenth-century American culture. The book synthesizes an incredible array of political theory and praxis, and it will prove to be a major study in the field, one that will immediately affect our own deliberations about democratic culture."
"With characteristic depth and range, Gustafson accomplishes a major rethinking of the very meaning of democracy in early nineteenth-century American culture. The book synthesizes an incredible array of political theory and praxis, and it will prove to be a major study in the field, one that will immediately affect our own deliberations about democratic culture."Philip Gould, Brown University
"With characteristic depth and range, Gustafson accomplishes a major rethinking of the very meaning of democracy in early 19th-century American culture. The book synthesizes an incredible array of political theory and praxis, and it will prove to be a major study in the field, one that will immediately affect our own deliberations about democratic culture."Philip Gould, Brown University
"This timely book traces and attempts thereby to resuscitate the centrality of deliberative dynamics to American political and cultural life. . . . The great strengths of this book are the comprehensiveness and nuance of Gustafson's analysis and the relevance of her project to a nation poised, then as now, on the brink of an ideological abyss; her final chapter constructs a reading praxis wherein textual representations of debate and deliberation serve to constitute a readerly subjectivity open to the experiences and needs of diverse populations-one from which all Americans, not just literary scholars and historians, can benefit. Highly recommended."
"This timely book traces and attempts thereby to resuscitate the c
"This timely book traces and attempts thereby to resuscitate the centrality of deliberative dynamics to American political and cultural life. . . . The great strengths of this book are the comprehensiveness and nuance of Gustafson's analysis and the relevance of her project to a nation poised, then as now, on the brink of an ideological abyss; her final chapter constructs a reading praxis wherein textual representations of debate and deliberation serve to constitute a readerly subjectivity open to the experiences and needs of diverse populations--one from which all Americans, not just literary scholars and historians, can benefit. Highly recommended."
"In her important new book, Imagining Deliberative Democracy in the Early American Republic , Sandra Gustafson offers a rich and provocative account of what we might call the 'encumbered selves' who fashioned practices of deliberation in the early nineteenth-century United States. . . . Gustafson's prior work has already established her reputation as a broadly interdisciplinary scholar of early America with a talent for bringing literary and archival material together in surprising and original ways. Imagining Deliberative Democracy enhances that reputation and expands her reach further into the field of American civic culture."
"Sandra Gustafson's book Imagining Deliberative Democracy in the Early American Republic is a fascinating, careful, and lucid portrait of deliberative democracy in the period 1800-39."
"This book is an example of focused and relevant early American studies at its best."
"Eloquence is power, and Imagining Deliberative Democracy abounds with both."
"[Gustafson] demonstrates that we can read across genres and across the centuries in the quest to shed light on urgent contemporary social and political issues. Moreover, she does not strain to do so, tossing out the names of ten Continental philosophers en route to a multilingual aperçu that requires years of study to appreciate or apply. . . . Gustafson, like the orators that she lauds, models for her readers a mode of public address that is measured, eloquent, plain-spoken, intellectual, complex, and, thankfully, imitable."
"[Gustafson] demonstrates that we can read across genres and across the centuries in the quest to shed light on urgent contemporary social and political issues. Moreover, she does not strain to do so, tossing out the names of ten Continental philosophers en route to a multilingual aperu that requires years of study to appreciate or apply. . . . Gustafson, like the orators that she lauds, models for her readers a mode of public address that is measured, eloquent, plain-spoken, intellectual, complex, and, thankfully, imitable."
" Imagining Deliberative Democracy in the Early American Republic is an ambitious and critically innovative account of the social and participatory life of politics in the early nineteenth century. Sandra M. Gustafson offers a profoundly suggestive look at how the values of classical republicanismand the culture of deliberation it inspiredcould be retained within and adapted to popular democracy. The book provides a compelling account of the links between literary expression, rhetoric, and republican style in the period, while richly exploring how the experience of literature itself could promote a democratic ethics of deliberation. Gustafson''s brilliant readings powerfully resonate with the concerns of political theorists today who ask whether or not social justice can be served by the pragmatic work and procedures of democratic institutions. This is an important and original book."Elisa Tamarkin, University of California, Berkeley
"Boldly interweaving literary and political history, Sandra Gustafson explores the roots of American pragmatism in the discourse and practice of democratic deliberation in the early republic. Stressing the irreconcilability of absolutist imperatives and deliberative self-governance, she offers both a perspective on the past and an admonition for the future. This will be an important book for literary scholars, political theorists, and American historians alike."
"Boldly interweaving literary and political history, Sandra Gustafson explores the roots of American pragmatism in the discourse and practice of democratic deliberation in the early republic. Stressing the irreconcilability of absolutist imperatives and deliberative self-governance, she offers both a perspective on the past and an admonition for the future. This will be an important book for literary scholars, political theorists, and American historians alike."-John Brooke, Ohio State University
“Boldly interweaving literary and political history, Sandra Gustafson explores the roots of American pragmatism in the discourse and practice of democratic deliberation in the early republic. Stressing the irreconcilability of absolutist imperatives and deliberative self-governance, she offers both a perspective on the past and an admonition for the future. This will be an important book for literary scholars, political theorists, and American historians alike.”-John Brooke, Ohio State University
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Summaries
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Deliberation, in recent years, has emerged as a form of civic engagement worth reclaiming. In this persuasive book, Sandra M. Gustafson combines historical literary analysis and political theory in order to demonstrate that current democratic practices of deliberation are rooted in the civic rhetoric that flourished in the early American republic. Though the U.S. Constitution made deliberation central to republican self-governance, the ethical emphasis on group deliberation often conflicted with the rhetorical focus on persuasive speech. From Alexis de Tocqueville's ideas about the deliberative basis of American democracy through the works of Walt Whitman, John Dewey, John F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr., Gustafson shows how writers and speakers have made the aesthetic and political possibilities of deliberation central to their autobiographies, manifestos, novels, and orations. Examining seven key writers from the early American republicincluding James Fenimore Cooper, David Crockett, and Daniel Websterwhose works of deliberative imagination explored the intersections of style and democratic substance, Gustafson offers a mode of historical and textual analysis that displays the wide range of resources imaginative language can contribute to political life.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Deliberation: A Very Brief Historyp. 13
The Idea of Deliberationp. 13
Deliberation and Democracy in the Early American Republicp. 21
Whitman, Dewey, and the Place of the Artsp. 29
Theories of Republicanism and Deliberative Democracyp. 34
Modern Republicanism in the Atlantic Worldp. 41
The Eloquence of Modern Republicanismp. 41
The View form Bunker Hillp. 52
Writing the Modern Republicp. 60
Models of Ancient Eloquencep. 71
Res Publica Redivivap. 71
Eloquent Shakespearep. 79
Arguing with the Biblep. 86
The Politics and Aesthetics of Deliberationp. 97
The Rise of Literary Oratoryp. 97
Daniel Webster's Genuine Wordp. 100
The Frontier Humor of David Crockettp. 112
Prophesying the Multiracial Republicp. 125
Democracy and the ôThree Racesöp. 125
Beyond the White Christian Republicp. 133
Reasoning with David Walkerp. 137
Listening to the Wisdom of Babesp. 142
Toward Multiracial Deliberationsp. 146
Deliberative Fictionsp. 152
Failures of Deliberationp. 152
Cooper's Trialsp. 167
How to Read Deliberativelyp. 180
Democratic Hermeneuticsp. 180
The Great American Deliberative Novelp. 181
Protest at Mashpeep. 191
Property Mattersp. 198
Conclusion: Deliberative Democracy Past and Futurep. 210
Notesp. 221
Indexp. 261
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