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The American Puritan elegy : a literary and cultural study /
Jeffrey A. Hammond.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
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xv, 264 p.
ISBN
0521662451
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imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
isbn
0521662451
catalogue key
3746227
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"Although one scarcely expects contemporary readers to show much interest in the multitude of formulaic death poems left behind by dead white (and mostly male) Puritans, Jeffery A. Hammond's study offers an impressively innovate approach to this subject matter." John Gatta Christianity and Literature
"Hammond's rich, erudite text is clearly addressed to academic peers...Hammond's achievement is considerable." American Literature
"Never has thid body of peoms read so intensely and so well." Early American Literature: Volume 36
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Jeffrey Hammond's study of the funeral elegies of early New England reassesses a body of poems whose importance in their own time has been obscured by almost total neglect in ours. Hammond reconstructs the historical, theological and cultural contexts of these poems to demonstrate how they responded to Puritan views on a specific process of mourning. The elegies emerge, he argues, as performative scripts that consoled readers by shaping their experience and shed new light on the emotional dimension of Puritanism and the important role of ritual in Puritan culture.
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Jeffrey Hammond's study of the funeral elegies of early New England reassesses a body of poems whose importance in their own time has been obscured by neglect in ours. Hammond reconstructs the historical, theological and cultural contexts of these poems to shed new light on the emotional dimension of Puritanism.
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Jeffrey Hammond's study takes an anthropological approach to the most popular form of poetry in early New England - the funeral elegy. Hammond reconstructs the historical, theological and cultural contexts of these poems to demonstrate how they responded to a specific process of mourning defined by Puritan views on death and grief.
Main Description
Jeffrey Hammond's study of the funeral elegies of early New England reassesses a body of poems whose importance in their own time has been obscured by almost total neglect in ours. Hammond reconstructs the historical, theological and cultural contexts of these poems to demonstrate how they responded to Puritan views on a specific process of mourning. The elegies emerge, he argues, as performative scripts that consoled readers by shaping their experience. They shed new light on the emotional dimension of Puritanism and the important role of ritual in Puritan culture.
Main Description
Jeffrey Hammond's study takes an anthropological approach to the most popular form of poetry in early New England - the funeral elegy.
Main Description
Jeffrey Hammond's study takes an anthropological approach to the most popular form of poetry in early New England - the funeral elegy. Hammond reconstructs the historical, theological and cultural contexts of these poems to demonstrate how they responded to a specific process of mourning defined by Puritan views on death and grief. The elegies emerge, he argues not as 'poems' to be read and appreciated in a post-romantic sense, but as performative scripts that consoled readers by shaping their experience of loss in accordance with theological expectation. Read in the framework of their own time and place, the elegies shed light on the emotional dimension of Puritanism and the important role of ritual in Puritan culture. Hammond's book reassesses a body of poems whose importance on their own time has been obscured by almost total neglect in ours. It represents the first full-length study of its kind in English.
Main Description
Jeffrey Hammond’s study takes an anthropological approach to the most popular form of poetry in early New England - the funeral elegy. Hammond reconstructs the historical, theological and cultural contexts of these poems to demonstrate how they responded to a specific process of mourning defined by Puritan views on death and grief. The elegies emerge, he argues, not as ‘poems’ to be read and appreciated in a post-Romantic sense, but as performative scripts that consoled readers by shaping their experience of loss in accordance with theological expectation. Read in the framework of their own time and place, the elegies shed new light on the emotional dimension of Puritanism and the important role of ritual in Puritan culture. Hammond’s book reassesses a body of poems whose importance in their own time has been obscured by almost total neglect in ours. It represents the first full-length study of its kind in English.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Monuments enduring and otherwise
Toward an anthropology of Puritan reading
Weep for yourselves: the Puritan theology of mourning
This potent fence: the holy sin of grief
Lord, is it I?: Christic saints and apostolic mourners
Diffusing all by pattern: the reading of saintly lives
Epilogue: Aestheticising loss
Notes
Works Cited
Index
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