Sean McCann's A Pinnacle of Feeling: American Literature and Presidential PDF

By Sean McCann

There isn't any extra robust image in American political lifestyles than the presidency, and just like presidential strength has had no much less profound an influence on American fiction. A top of Feeling is the 1st publication to envision twentieth-century literature's deep fascination with the trendy presidency and with the tips concerning the courting among nation energy and democracy that underwrote the increase of presidential authority.

Sean McCann demanding situations triumphing serious interpretations via revelatory new readings of significant writers, together with Richard Wright, Gertrude Stein, Henry Roth, Zora Neale Hurston, Saul Bellow, Ralph Ellison, Norman Mailer, Don Delillo, and Philip Roth. He argues that those writers not just represented or satirized presidents, yet echoed political thinkers who forged the manager government because the agent of the sovereign will of the yank humans. They considered the president as preferably a countrywide redeemer, they usually took that perfect as a version and rival for his or her personal work.

A top of Feeling illuminates the basic difficulty with democratic sovereignty that informs the main leading edge literary works of the 20 th century, and indicates how those works helped redefine and bring up the position of government energy in American culture.

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