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Author Westbrook, Perry D.
Title Free will and determinism in American literature / Perry D. Westbrook.
Published Rutherford [N.J.] : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, c1979.
Book Cover

 Floor4  PS169.F68 W4 1979    IN LIBRARY
Description xii, 275 p. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [264]-271) and index.
Contents 1. The predestinated will : St. Augustine. John Calvin. The Thirty-nine Articles and the Westminster Confession. Two Calvinist poets : Michael Wigglesworth and Edward Taylor. Later American Calvinism. Practical accommodations by the Puritans -- 2, The predestinated will in American fiction of the Nineteenth century : Nathaniel Hawthorne. Herman Melville. Mary Wilkins Freeman. Emily Dickinson and the hope of conversion -- 3. Nineteenth-century authors actively hostile to Calvinistic predestination : Charles Brockden Brown. Oliver Wendell Holmes. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Mark Twain -- 4. The law for things : naturalism : Emile Zola and Claude Bernard. Thomas Malthus. Karl Marx. Charles Darwin. Herbert Spencer. William Graham Sumner. Henry George and Lester Ward. Hippolyte Taine. Sigmund Freud -- 5. Election and natural selection : The prestige of naturalism in America. The fusion of election and natural selection. Responsibilities of the elect and of the fittest. Religious fervor of the Social Darwinists. America as a destined nation -- 6. Four deterministic novelists : Stephen Crane. Frank Norris. Jack London. Theodore Dreiser
7. Ellen Glasgow and William Faulkner : vestigial Calvinism and Naturalism combined : Ellen Glasgow. William Faulkner -- 8. Libertarian philosophies opposed to predestination and naturalistic determinism : Arminianism. Deism. Transcendentalism. Philosophic idealism. Pragmatism. Humanism -- 9. American libertarian novelists : Influence of Russian humanistic novelists. William Dean Howells. Henry James. Edith Wharton. Willa Cather. Ernest Hemingway.
Subject American literature -- History and criticism.
Free will and determinism in literature.
Free will and determinism.
Related To Online version: Westbrook, Perry D. Free will and determinism in American literature. Rutherford [N.J.] : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, c1979 (OCoLC)643603077
ISBN 0838621503
OCLC number 4884666