The Genteel Tradition and the Sacred Rage

The Genteel Tradition and the Sacred Rage

Asking why many American intellectuals have had such difficulty accepting wholeheartedly the cultural dimensions of democracy, Robert Dawidoff examines their alienation and ambivalence, a tradition of detachment he identifies as "Tocquevillian." In the work of three towering American literary figures - Henry Adams, Henry James, and George Santayana -- Dawidoff explores fully this distancing and uneasy response to democratic culture.

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Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Collection: Cultural Studies of the United States

Page count: 248 pages

Language: English


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