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The Medievalist Impulse in American Literature

Twain, Adams, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway
Kim Moreland
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BUY Cloth · 264 pp. · 6 × 9 · ISBN 9780813916583 · $60.00 · May 1996

Why has the medievalist impulse- as manifested in an attraction to the traditions of courtly love and chivalry- been ignored or marginalized in the context of American literature, especially given its prominence in studies of British literature? Kim Moreland sets out to answer this and other questions, providing close readings of a variety of texts, both familiar and unfamiliar, while drawing eclectically on theoretical approaches such as feminism, deconstruction, cultural criticism, and psychobiography. The Medievalist Impulse in American Literature is the first serious extended study on this subject. It opens the way for further investigation into the influence of medievalism, which continues to have an impact on American literature and culture today.

About the Author(s): 

Kim Moreland is Associate Professor of English at The George Washington University.

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