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Experience and Experimental Writing: Literary Pragmatism from Emerson to the Jameses

Paul Grimstad


American pragmatism is premised on the notion that to find out what something is, look to fruits rather than roots. But the thought of the classical pragmatists is itself the fruit, this book argues, of earlier literary experiments in American literature. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, and (contemporaneously with the flowering of pragmatism) Henry James, each in their different ways prefigure at the level of literary form what emerge as the guiding ideas of classical pragmatism. Specifically, this link occurs in the way an experimental approach to composition informs th ... More

Keywords: composition, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Henry James, William James, Charles Peirce, John Dewey, Stanley Cavell

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199874071
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199874071.001.0001


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