Transcendental Wordplay: America's Romantic Punsters and the Search for the Language of Nature
Free Shipping Included! Transcendental Wordplay: America's Romantic Punsters and the Search for the Language of Nature by Brand: Ohio University Press at Translate This Website. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. Throughout the first half of the nineteenth century, America was captivated by a muddled notion of “etymology.” New England Transcendentalism was
Shaped by this ferment, our major romantic authors shared the sensibility that Friedrich Schlegel linked to punning and christened “romantic irony.” Notable punsters or etymologists all, they gleefully set up as sages, creating jocular masterpieces from their zest for oracular wordplay. Their search for a primal language lurking beneath all natural languages provided them with something like a secret language that encodes their meanings. To fathom their essentially comic masterpieces we must decipher it.
Interpreting Thoreau as an ironic moralist, satirist, and social critic rather than a nature-loving mystic, Transcendental Wordplay suggests that the major American Romantics shared a surprising conservatism. In this award-winning study, Professor West rescues the pun from critical contempt and allows readers to enjoy it as a serious form of American humor.
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|Publisher:||Ohio University Press|
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|Item Weight:||2.37 pounds|
|Item Size:||1.75 x 10 x 10 inches|
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