Beyond Understanding: Appeals to the Imagination, Passions, and Will in Mid-nineteenth-century American Women's Fiction
Peter Lang, 1996 - 205 pages
To appreciate how and why America's first best-sellers so gripped the American soul, current readers need to recapture the era's cognitive paradigm. In "Beyond Understanding," Dr. Henning introduces us to the nineteenth-century mind, influenced, in large part, by eighteenth-century Scottish philosopher, theologian, and rhetorician, George Campbell. Reading -feminine fifties- works in light of Campbell's faculty psychology helps reveal why this fiction so inspired its original readers; further, acknowledging and reevaluating marginalized reading methods supports an expanding literary canon. Finally, revisiting Campbell's -philosophy of rhetoric- encourages current lovers of discourse to experience literature and life holistically - beyond understanding."
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