Performatively Speaking: Speech and Action in Antebellum American Literature

Performatively Speaking: Speech and Action in Antebellum American Literature

In Performatively Speaking, Debra Rosenthal draws on speech act theory to open up the current critical conversation about antebellum American fiction and culture and to explore what happens when writers use words not just to represent action but to constitute action itself. Examining moments of discursive action in a range of canonical and noncanonical works-T. S. Arthur's temperance tales, Fanny Fern's Ruth Hall, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, Harriet… (more)

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Publisher: University of Virginia Press (May 12, 2015)

Parent ISBN: 9780813936963

Page count: 148 pages

Language: English


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