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The romance of the Holy Land in American travel writing, 1790-1876 [electronic resource] / Brian Yothers.

By: Yothers, Brian, 1975-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2007Description: 1 online resource (147 p.).ISBN: 9780754686507 (electronic bk.); 0754686507 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Travelers' writings, American -- History and criticism | American prose literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism | Middle East -- Description and travel | Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages in literature | Romanticism -- United States | Travelers' writings, American | LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- General | Reiseliteratur | USA | Pal�astinaGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Romance of the Holy Land in American travel writing, 1790-1876.DDC classification: 810.9/325694 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
The emergence of the Levant in American literature: Barbary captivity narratives, Oriental romances, and the Holy Land as Protestant trope -- "The all-perfect text": the skeptical piety of Protestant pilgrims to the Holy Land -- Alternative orthodoxies: Clorinda Minor, Orson Hyde, Warder Cresson, and William Henry Odenheimer -- "Such poetic illusions": the skeptical Oriental romance of John Lloyd Stephens, Bayard Taylor, George William Curtis, and William Cullen Bryant -- Quotidian pilgrimages: Mark Twain, J. Ross Browne, John William DeForest, and David Dorr in Palestine -- "As seen through one's tears": the 'double mystery' of place in Herman Melville's Clarel.
Summary: Brian Yothers puts American travel writing about the Holy Land by major writers like Twain and Melville in dialogue with missionary accounts, captivity narratives, chronicles of religious pilgrimages, and travel writing in the genteel tradition. The profound intertextuality American travel writing shares with Hebrew and Christian scriptures and with British and continental travel narratives is striking, as is the critique of nascent imperial discourse Yothers examines in Melville's Clarel.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [139)-144) and index.

The emergence of the Levant in American literature: Barbary captivity narratives, Oriental romances, and the Holy Land as Protestant trope -- "The all-perfect text": the skeptical piety of Protestant pilgrims to the Holy Land -- Alternative orthodoxies: Clorinda Minor, Orson Hyde, Warder Cresson, and William Henry Odenheimer -- "Such poetic illusions": the skeptical Oriental romance of John Lloyd Stephens, Bayard Taylor, George William Curtis, and William Cullen Bryant -- Quotidian pilgrimages: Mark Twain, J. Ross Browne, John William DeForest, and David Dorr in Palestine -- "As seen through one's tears": the 'double mystery' of place in Herman Melville's Clarel.

Brian Yothers puts American travel writing about the Holy Land by major writers like Twain and Melville in dialogue with missionary accounts, captivity narratives, chronicles of religious pilgrimages, and travel writing in the genteel tradition. The profound intertextuality American travel writing shares with Hebrew and Christian scriptures and with British and continental travel narratives is striking, as is the critique of nascent imperial discourse Yothers examines in Melville's Clarel.

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