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James H. McIntosh
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)

The Transformation of Beliefs into Fictions in 19th Century New England Literature

To study the effects, in 19th century American literature, of the rapid loosening of received beliefs that accompanied the fragmentation New England Puritan culture. The study will include essays on the cultural conditions in which Emerson, Hawthorne and their successors developed; on the Emersonian self as transformed into fictional character in the work of Melville, Whitman, and Dickinson; on Dickenson's poetry as a mode of belief.

Project fields:
American Literature

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$20,000 (approved)
$20,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1975 – 7/31/1976