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Author Irwin, John T.

Title American hieroglyphics : the symbol of the Egyptian hieroglyphics in the American Renaissance / John T. Irwin.

Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, c1980.

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 Moore Stacks  PS217.H54 I7    Available  ---
Description xii, 371 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents pt. 1. Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman: Champollion and the historical background: Emerson's hieroglyphical emblems -- Thoreau: the single, basic form -patenting a leaf -- Whitman: hieroglyphic bibles and phallic songs -- pt. 2. Poe: The hieroglyphics and the quest for origins: the myth of hieroglyphic doubling -- Ends and origins: the voyage to the polar abyss and the journey to the source of the Nile; the survival of the manuscript -- Certainty and credibility -self-evidence and self-reference: Nietzsche and tragedy -Whitman and opera; the open road -- Writing self/written self: the dark double; the overwhelming of the vessel -- Cannibalism and sacrifice: metaphors of the body -transfiguration, transubstantiation, resurrection, and ascension -- Narcissus and the illusion of depth -- Self-recognition: deciphering a mnemic inscription; historical amnesia and personal anamnesis -- Repetition: symbolic death and rebirth; the infinite and the indefinite; the mechanism of foreshadowing -- The unfinished narrative: the cavern inscription on Tsalal; survival in an image -- The white shadow: imaging the indefinite; reading the spirit from the letter; the finality of revenge, the alogical status of the self -- The return to oneness: breaking the crypt; the limits of interpretation; the ultimate certainty -- pt. 3. Hawthorne and Melville: Hawthorne: the ambiguity of the hieroglyphics; the unstable self and its roles; mirror image and phonetic veil; the feminine role of the artist; veil and phallus; the book as partial object -- Melville: the indeterminate ground; a conjunction of fountain and vortex; the myth of Isis and Osiris; master oppositions; the doubleness of the self and the illusion of consistent character; Dionysus and Apollo; mask and phallus; the chain of partial objects.
Subject American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
United States -- Intellectual life -- 1783-1865.
American literature -- Egyptian influences.
Hieroglyphics in literature.
Symbolism in literature.
Egypt -- In literature.
Littérature américaine -- 19e siècle -- Histoire et critique.
Hiéroglyphes dans la littérature.
Égypte dans la littérature.
Littérature américaine -- Influence égyptienne.
Symbolisme dans la littérature.
ISBN 0300024711