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Beyond Understanding: Appeals to the Imagination, Passions, and Will in Mid-Nineteenth-Century American Womens Fiction Martha L. Henning

Beyond Understanding: Appeals to the Imagination, Passions, and Will in Mid-Nineteenth-Century American Womens Fiction

Martha L. Henning

Published April 3rd 2007
ISBN : 9780820428611
Paperback
205 pages
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 About the Book 

To appreciate how and why Americas first best-sellers so gripped the American soul, current readers need to recapture the eras 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 Campbells 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 Campbells philosophy of rhetoric encourages current lovers of discourse to experience literature and life holistically - beyond understanding.