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By Sean McCann

ISBN-10: 0691136955

ISBN-13: 9780691136950

There is not any extra robust image in American political lifestyles than the presidency, and identical to presidential strength has had no much less profound an impression on American fiction. A top of Feeling is the 1st ebook to ascertain twentieth-century literature's deep fascination with the fashionable presidency and with the information in regards to the dating among kingdom energy and democracy that underwrote the increase of presidential authority.

Sean McCann demanding situations winning serious interpretations via revelatory new readings of significant writers, together with Richard Wright, Gertrude Stein, Henry Roth, Zora Neale Hurston, Saul Bellow, Ralph Ellison, Norman Mailer, Don Delillo, and Philip Roth. He argues that those writers not just represented or satirized presidents, yet echoed political thinkers who forged the executive govt because the agent of the sovereign will of the yankee humans. They seen the president as preferably a countrywide redeemer, and so they took that excellent as a version and rival for his or her personal work.

A top of Feeling illuminates the elemental hindrance with democratic sovereignty that informs the main leading edge literary works of the 20 th century, and exhibits how those works helped redefine and bring up the position of govt strength in American culture.

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