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Published: 28 December 2017

256 Pages


ISBN: 9780190627539

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American Enchantment

Rituals of the People in the Post-Revolutionary World

Michelle Sizemore

  • Proposes a new theory of "the people" as a process rather than a substance via analysis of early American literature
  • Advances an understanding of enchantment as a contingent state of embodied cognition
  • Contests traditional formulations of enchantment as a pre-modern or religious worldview—or as a necessarily delusive mental state—by conceiving of enchantment as a mood with distinct affective and temporal dimensions