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Frontiers of Historical ImaginationNarrating the European Conquest of Native America, 1890-1990$
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Kerwin Lee Klein

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780520204638

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520204638.001.0001

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History of Language

History of Language

(p.213) Book Four History of Language
Frontiers of Historical Imagination

Kerwin Lee IZlein

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on literary critics' thoughts about the American frontier narrative. Scholars such as Henry Nash and Perry Miller declared the nation's relation with nature as the key to its sense of selfhood. Many others believed that the belief in the mythic frontier encouraged political oppression at home and overseas, and also criticized the working language of American studies, proposing to replace the narrative traditions saturated with emotion and poesy with rational analysis.

Keywords:   literary critics, frontier narrative, Henry Nash, Perry Miller, mythic frontier, political oppression, American studies, narrative traditions, rational analysis, working language

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