The American Jeremiad

The American Jeremiad This is a dazzling performance It supplies conceptual links between phenomena where historians have often sensed a connection without being able to describe it adequately Bercovitch has written intell

The American Jeremiad Sacvan I had not thought much about scholarly american civilization books since I finished myt degree in A month or so ago I listened to a talk by James Fallows in which he mentioned the American Jeremiad. Jeremiad A jeremiad is a long literary work, usually in prose, but sometimes in verse, in which the author bitterly laments the state of society and its morals in a serious tone of sustained invective, and always contains a prophecy of society s imminent downfall. Origins of the African American Jeremiad The Rhetorical Origins of the African American Jeremiad The Rhetorical Strategies of Social Protest and Activism, Willie J Harrell on FREE shipping on qualifying offers In the moralistic texts of jeremiadic discourse, authors lament the condition of society, utilizing prophecy as a means of predicting its demise This study delves beneath the socio religious and cultural exterior Jeremiad Definition of Jeremiad by Merriam Webster Recent Examples on the Web What these scholars offer is not a dense political tome but a lively jeremiad David Hawpe, The Courier Journal, Book review There s political warfare and polarization in Trump s future, June The anti Trump jeremiads came amid a roiling national debate over the president s feelings about people of color. America s Accelerating Decay National Review To the extent that American history is taught, beginning in high school and often earlier, American history is presented as the history of an immoral nation characterized by slavery, racism List of unusual words beginning with J Phrontistery I hope you have found this site to be useful If you have any corrections, additions, or comments, please contact me.Please note that I am not able to respond to all requests. Virtual Gourmet For several decades now The Regency Bar Grill at Loews Regency Hotel has been known for its Power Breakfast, at which the city s movers and shakers get in an early morning meeting before limo ing off to Wall Street, City Hall or some media conglomerate. African American literature African American literature is the body of literature produced in the United States by writers of African descent It begins with the works of such late th century writers as Phillis Wheatley.Before the high point of slave narratives, African American literature Grammys Transcript of Bob Dylan s MusiCares Person Feb , Bob Dylan was honored by MusiCares, the charity organization that aids musicians in need, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday night After America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny NYMag Many contend, of course, that American democracy is actually in retreat, close to being destroyed by the vastly unequal economy of the last quarter century and the ability of the very rich to

  • Title: The American Jeremiad
  • Author: Sacvan Bercovitch
  • ISBN: 9780299073541
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is a dazzling performance It supplies conceptual links between phenomena where historians have often sensed a connection without being able to describe it adequately Bercovitch has written intellectual history at the highest level Edmund S Morgan, New York Review of Books

    One thought on “The American Jeremiad”

    1. A difficult but highly ambitious and wide-ranging book that outlines a continuity of "rhetoric and ritual" from the Puritans through the writers of the American Renaissance. Centered around the literary form of the Jeremiad, Bercovitch stresses the American innovation to the millennial vision, which fused the figural and the literal in ambiguous synthesis. He ends with an examination of the "Symbol of America" which still seems relevant to our national political discourse today.

    2. Bercovitch's book is an American Studies classic, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that its project is both unworkably broad and overreaching. The rhetorical arc Bercovitch traces is a good and useful find, but his ambitious assertion that the Jeremiad precludes history (re: change) by virtue of BEING America's history is truistic and over the top.

    3. A few weeks after Sacvan Bercovitch died, in December 2014, a New York Times obituary identified him as a scholar of New England Puritanism. That designation always struck me as proof of a profound misunderstanding of Bercovitch's work. He often wrote about the Puritans--and nowhere more effectively than in The American Jeremiad--but he was always after bigger fish. For Bercovitch, Puritan literature was the means to a very particular and radical end. In his life's work, Bercovitch tried to expl [...]

    4. Interesting look at the extended impact of the Puritan rhetorical form of the American Jeremiad. Looking at the American Jeremiad as a ritual, Bercovitch traces the evolution of its rhetoric as a mode of socialization that ultimately shaped middle class American culture.

    5. A most soppy soporific. Maybe it's irresponsible to discount the important/influential role this work has played within the field of American Studies, but I could not get through three pages in a row without falling asleep.

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