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The Resource Principle and propensity : experience and religion in the nineteenth-century British and American bildungsroman, Kelsey L. Bennett

Principle and propensity : experience and religion in the nineteenth-century British and American bildungsroman, Kelsey L. Bennett

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Principle and propensity : experience and religion in the nineteenth-century British and American bildungsroman
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Principle and propensity
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experience and religion in the nineteenth-century British and American bildungsroman
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Kelsey L. Bennett
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Experience and religion in the nineteenth-century British and American bildungsroman
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eng
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Scholars have for many years now relied upon the largely unexamined assumption that the nineteenth-century Bildungsroman in the Goethean tradition is somehow an intrinsically secular genre exclusive to Europe, incompatible with the literature of a democratically based culture. Combining intellectual history with genre criticism, Principle and Propensity provides a critical reassessment of the bildungsroman, beginning with its largely overlooked theological premises: Bildung as formation of the self in the image of God. Kelsey L. Bennett examines the dynamic differences, tensions, and possibilities that arise as interest in spiritual growth, or self-formation, collides with the democratic/quasi-democratic culture in the nineteenth-century English and American bildungsroman. Bennett reexamines two long-held beliefs about the nineteenth-century bildungsroman: that it is based primarily on secular individual growth and that it is a genre exclusive to Europe. Beginning with the idea that interest in an individual's moral and psychological growth, or bildung, originated as a religious exercise in the context of Protestant theological traditions, she shows how these traditions found ways into the bildungsroman, the literary genre most closely concerned with the relationship between individual experience and self-formation. Part one of her study examines the attributes of parallel national traditions of spiritual self-formation as they convened under the auspices of the international revival movements: the Evangelical Revival, the Great Awakening, and the renewal of Pietism in Germany led respectively by John Wesley, Jonathan Edwards, and Count Nikolaus Ludwig Zinzendorf. Part two explores the ways these traditions manifest themselves in the nineteenth-century bildungsroman in England and America through Jane Eyre, David Copperfield, Pierre, and Portrait of a Lady. Though Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre [Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship], Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's prototype of the genre, was a library staple for most serious writers in nineteenth-century England and in America, Bennett shows that later writers such as Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, Herman Melville, and Henry James also drew on their own religious traditions of self-formation, adding richness and distinction to the received genre
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Bennett, Kelsey L
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non fiction
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  • English fiction
  • Bildungsromans, English
  • American fiction
  • Bildungsromans, American
  • Bildungsromans
  • Self-actualization (Psychology) in literature
  • Self-realization in literature
  • Religion in literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • American fiction
  • Bildungsromans
  • Bildungsromans, American
  • Bildungsromans, English
  • English fiction
  • Religion in literature
  • Self-actualization (Psychology) in literature
  • Self-realization in literature
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Principle and propensity : experience and religion in the nineteenth-century British and American bildungsroman, Kelsey L. Bennett
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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John Wesley's formative "spiritual empiricism" -- The paradox of experience in Jonathan Edwards -- Pietism and the "free movement" of self-cultivation: synthesis and transformation in Eilhelm Meister's apprenticeship -- To enjoy my own faculties as well as to cultivate those of other people: the affective bildung of Jane Eyre -- "Faith in the immanence of spirit": Arminian self-formation in David Copperfield -- Pierre, or Melville's anarchic Calvinist bildungsroman -- "An impulse more tender and more purely expectant": the ardent good faith of Isabel Archer
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9781611173659
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(OCoLC)889812983
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Principle and propensity : experience and religion in the nineteenth-century British and American bildungsroman, Kelsey L. Bennett
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
John Wesley's formative "spiritual empiricism" -- The paradox of experience in Jonathan Edwards -- Pietism and the "free movement" of self-cultivation: synthesis and transformation in Eilhelm Meister's apprenticeship -- To enjoy my own faculties as well as to cultivate those of other people: the affective bildung of Jane Eyre -- "Faith in the immanence of spirit": Arminian self-formation in David Copperfield -- Pierre, or Melville's anarchic Calvinist bildungsroman -- "An impulse more tender and more purely expectant": the ardent good faith of Isabel Archer
Control code
ocn889812983
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781611173659
Lccn
2013036699
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctv6vtf11
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)889812983

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