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Buell, Lawrence

Works: 50 works in 276 publications in 3 languages and 16,469 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Fiction  Biography  Sources  Educational films  Internet videos  Miscellanea  Nonfiction films  Poetry 
Roles: Author, Commentator, Author of introduction, Editor, Other, Contributor
Classifications: PS217.T7, 810.938
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Most widely held works by Lawrence Buell
Literary transcendentalism; style and vision in the American Renaissance by Lawrence Buell( Book )

6 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 1,427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emerson by Lawrence Buell( Book )

20 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born into the age of inspired amateurism that emerged from the ruins of pre-revolutionary political, religious, and cultural institutions, Emerson took up the challenge of thinking about the role of the United States alone and in the world. In this book Lawrence Buell conveys both the style and substance of Emerson's accomplishment--in his conception of America as the transplantation of Englishness into the new world, and in his prodigious work as writer, religious thinker, and philosopher. Here we see the paradoxical key to his success, the fierce insistence on independence that acted so magnetically upon all around him. At a time when Americans and non-Americans alike are struggling to understand what this country is, and what it is about, Emerson gives us an answer in the figure of this representative American, an American for all, and for all times
New England literary culture from revolution through renaissance by Lawrence Buell( Book )

37 editions published between 1986 and 1998 in English and German and held by 1,324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a study of the development of New England literature and literary institutions from the American Revolutionary era to the late nineteenth century. Professor Buell explores the foundations, growth and literary results of the professionalization of the writing vocation. He pays particular attention to the major writers - Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Stowe and Dickinson - but surveys them with a number of lesser-known authors, and explores the conventions, values and institutions which affected them all. Some of the main topics covered include the distinctive features of the Early National and Antebellum periods in New England writing; the importance of certain literary genres (poetry, oratory and religious narrative; etc.); the impact of Puritanism and its values; and the invention of acceptable conventions for portraying the New England landscape and institutions in literature
The environmental imagination : Thoreau, nature writing, and the formation of American culture by Lawrence Buell( Book )

19 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 1,204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the environmental crisis comes a crisis of the imagination, a need to find new ways to understand nature and humanity's relation to it. This is the challenge Lawrence Buell takes up in The Environmental Imagination, the most ambitious study to date of how literature represents the natural environment. With Thoreau's Walden as a touchstone, Buell gives us a far-reaching account of environmental perception, the place of nature in the history of western thought, and the consequences for literary scholarship of attempting to imagine a more "ecocentric" way of being. In doing so, he provides a major new understanding of Thoreau's achievement and, at the same time, a profound rethinking of our literary and cultural reflections on nature
Writing for an endangered world : literature, culture, and environment in the U.S. and beyond by Lawrence Buell( Book )

21 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 928 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a conception of the physical environment--whether built or natural--as simultaneously found and constructed, and treats imaginative representations of it as acts of both discovery and invention. A number of the chapters develop this idea through parallel studies of figures identified with either "natural" or urban settings: John Muir and Jane Addams; Aldo Leopold and William Faulkner; Robinson Jeffers and Theodore Dreiser; Wendell Berry and Gwendolyn Brooks. Focusing on nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers, but ranging freely across national borders, this book reimagines city and country as a single complex landscape
The dream of the great American novel by Lawrence Buell( Book )

18 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 917 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The idea of 'the great American novel' continues to thrive almost as vigorously as in its nineteenth-century heyday, defying 150 years of attempts to dismiss it as amateurish or obsolete. Lawrence Buell demonstrates that its history is a key to the dynamics of national literature and national identity itself. The dream of the G.A.N., as Henry James nicknamed it, crystallized soon after the Civil War. In in-depth readings of selected contenders from the 1850s onward, Buell delineates four 'scripts' for G.A.N. candidates. One, illustrated by The Scarlet Letter, is the adaptation of the novel's story-line by later writers, often in ways that are contrary to the original author's own design. Other aspirants, including The Great Gatsby and Invisible Man, engage the American Dream of remarkable transformation from humble origins. A third script, seen in Uncle Tom's Cabin and Beloved, is the family saga that grapples with racial and other social divisions. Finally, mega-novels from Moby-Dick to Gravity's Rainbow feature assemblages of characters who dramatize in microcosm the promise and pitfalls of democracy. The canvas of the great American novel is in constant motion, reflecting revolutions in fictional fashion, the changing face of authorship, and the inseparability of high culture from popular. As Buell reveals, the elusive G.A.N. showcases the myth of the United States as a nation perpetually under construction."--Jacket
The future of environmental criticism : environmental crisis and literary imagination by Lawrence Buell( Book )

17 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the leading theorists in ecocriticism offers a critical summary of the ecocritical movement, tracing origins of the movment in the 1970s & following developments through to the present time
The Morgesons and other writings, published and unpublished by Elizabeth Stoddard( Book )

20 editions published between 1984 and 1997 in English and held by 713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Elizabeth Stoddard's revolutionary novel explores the conflict between a woman's instinct, passion, and will, and the social taboos, family allegiances, and traditional New England restraint that inhibit her. Set in a small seaport town, The Morgesons (1862) is the dramatic story of Cassandra Morgeson's fight against social and religious norms in a quest for sexual, spiritual, and economic autonomy." "A female bildungsroman that embodies the convergence of the melodrama and sexual undercurrents of gothic romance and Victorian social realism, The Morgesons marks an important transition in the development of the novel and evoked comparisons during Stoddard's lifetime with such masters as Balzac, Tolstoy, Eliot, the Brontes, and Hawthorne." --Book Jacket
Shades of the planet : American literature as world literature( Book )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a globalizing age, studying American literature in isolation from the rest of the world seems less and less justified. But is the conceptual box of the nation dispensable? What would American literature look like without it? Leading scholars take up this debate in this book, beginning not with the United States as center, but with the world as circumference. This reversed frame yields a surprising landscape, alive with traces of West Africa, Eastern Europe, Iran, Iraq, India, China, Mexico, and Australia. The Broadway musical Oklahoma! has aboriginal antecedents; Black English houses an African syntax; American slavery consorts with the Holocaust; Philip Roth keeps company with Milan Kundera; the crime novel moves south of the border; and R.P. Blackmur lectures in Japan. A national literature becomes haunted by the world when that literature is seen extending to the Pacific, opening up to Islam, and accompanying African-American authors as they travel. Highlighting American literature as a fold in a planet-wide fabric, this pioneering volume transforms the field, redrawing its institutional as well as geographical map. The contributors are Rachel Adams, Jonathan Arac, Homi Bhabha, Lawrence Buell, Wai Chee Dimock, Susan Stanford Friedman, Paul Giles, David Palumbo-Liu, Ross Posnock, Joseph Roach, and Eric J. Sundquist
The American transcendentalists : essential writings( Book )

9 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An accessible anthology of important writings by members of the American Transcendentalist movement features works by all of the major literary figures, including Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller
Selected poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow( Book )

3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Henry Wadsworth Longfellow died on March 24, 1882, at the age of seventy-five, he was the most celebrated poet in the English-speaking world, Not only was he America's first professional poet, but, after his death, he was the first American to have his bust placed in the Poets' Corner at Westminster Abbey in London, England. Longfellow was an unsurpassed master in his use of musical language. Few poets could match his sonorous and rhythmically sensual use of words. His poetry is rarely abstract, and the vivid, descriptive imagery and the narrative form of verse he favored make it pleasing to read and follow. His subject matter touched on American life and its verities, be it legendary heroism as in "Paul Revere's Ride" or in the honest, upright, and hardworking man of "The Village Blacksmith." This collection brings together Longfellow's best and most famous poems, providing a complete overview of his versatile and multifaceted genius. All the classic Longfellow selections, including "A Psalm of Life," "The Children's Hour," and "The Day is Done," are here, as well as lesser-known but equally worthy poems, like "The Cross of Snow," a sonnet written in memory of his second wife, who died tragically in a fire. Also included, in their entirety, are two long narrative masterpieces, Evangeline and The Courtship of Miles Standish. This book features a deluxe cover, ribbon marker, top stain, and decorative endpapers with a nameplate
Ralph Waldo Emerson : a collection of critical essays( Book )

8 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A generation ago Prentice Hall's Twentieth Century Views series set the standard for truly useful collections of literary criticism on widely studied authors. These collections of essays, selected and introduced by distinguished scholars, made the most informative and provocative critical work on each writer easily available to students, scholars, and the general public. Now the New Century Views series, co-edited offers volumes of the same excellence for the contemporary moment
The New England transcendentalists( Visual )

4 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Expert interviews, dramatic re-creations at Walden Pond, and readings from major works are used to explore the evolution of the American Transcendentalist Movement in the early 19th century. The lives and writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Henry David Thoreau are examined to discover the spiritual foundations for America's first authentic literary voice. Experts include Harvard University Professor Lawrence Buell, University of South Carolina Professor Joel Myerson, and the authors of three current biographies on Emerson, Fuller, and Thoreau."--Description provided by Films Media Group
Literary transcendentalism; style and vision in the American Renaissance by Lawrence Buell( Book )

29 editions published between 1973 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American transcendentalists : Concord, Massachusetts( Visual )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ideas and ideals of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller continue to shape the discourse of literature, philosophy, and religion in America. This program traces the origins and defines the concept of Transcendentalism; spotlights key landmarks in and around Concord, where the Transcendental movement got its start; and profiles Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller in depth
Leaves of grass, and selected prose by Walt Whitman( Book )

4 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Walt Whitman (1819-92) approached his poetic career with high expectations. He dared to hope that he might become the poet of America. For many years the reception was cool enough to shake even Whitman's boundless optimism. But the twentieth century has justified him. We now recognize Whitman not only as a major writer, but as unique among American poets for his innovativeness, for his influence on world literature, and for the fullness with which he expressed American values."--Lawrence Buell, from the introduction. Donated by Prabu Vasan
Henry David Thoreau : in his own words( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmed on location in and around Concord, Cambridge, and Cape Cod, this delightful program brings Henry David Thoreau's Walden and "Civil Disobedience" to life through the captivating delivery of Thoreau impersonator Jeffrey Hyatt. Long passages, as expressed by Hyatt, capture the energy and intensity of Thoreau's words, while presenter James H. Bride II and Thoreau specialists Lawrence Buell, Robert Richardson, and Joel Myerson provide commentary on the works, Thoreau's life, and the times in which he lived. (32 minutes)
The design of literature by Lawrence Buell( Book )

2 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mars Hill audio journal 86 : May/June 2007( Recording )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prismatic ecology : ecotheory beyond green by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen( Book )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emphasising sustainability, balance, and the natural, green dominates our thinking about ecology like no other colour. What about the catastrophic, the disruptive, the inaccessible, and the excessive? What of the ocean's turbulence, the fecundity of excrement, the solitude of an iceberg, multihued contaminations? 'Prismatic Ecology' moves beyond the accustomed green readings of ecotheory and maps a colourful world of ecological possibility
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English (227)

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New England literary culture from revolution through renaissanceThe environmental imagination : Thoreau, nature writing, and the formation of American cultureWriting for an endangered world : literature, culture, and environment in the U.S. and beyondThe future of environmental criticism : environmental crisis and literary imaginationThe Morgesons and other writings, published and unpublishedShades of the planet : American literature as world literatureThe American transcendentalists : essential writingsSelected poemsRalph Waldo Emerson : a collection of critical essays