ERIC Number: ED392668
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Essays from the Edge: Citizenship and the Outsider in Literature and History.
Leder, Priscilla, Comp.; And Others
This book of essays and poetry by participants in a National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar explores the portrayal in arts and literature of the "outsider" or "alien" who is cut off from country and citizenship, either by choice or circumstance. The book is divided into seven categories. Part 1, "Preliminary," contains: (1) "Citizenship on the Highway and the High Seas" (Susan Hanson); and (2) "Baptism" (Daniel Stevens). Part 2, "Classical Greece," includes: (1) "Ode to the Men of Athens" (Deborah Seigman); (2) "Voices of Warning: The Role of the Chorus in 'Antigone'" (Susan Farris); (3) "Acting Beyond the Myth of the Citizen" (Phil Cook); and (4) "Sophrosyne in 'Antigone': Women, Family and Government" (Danette Bermea). Part 3, "The Renaissance," includes: (1)"'That Perfect Hatred': Anti-Semitism and the Banality of Evil in Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice'" (Jim McGarry); (2) "The More You Know, The Moor You May Not Know" (Carey Christenberry); and (3) "The Silken Shield of Innocence" (Deborah Seigman). Part 4, "The Social Contract," includes: (1) "Obligations of the Individual Inside and Outside the Social Contract" (Karl Kevin Brown); and (2) "Slavery's Influence on the American Definition of Citizenship" (Amy Nelson Thibaut). Part 5, "Huckleberry Finn," includes: (1) "Huck, a Good Ol' Boy" (Dona Holloway); (2) "Deceit and Democracy: Huckleberry Finn as a Disturbing Presence" (Beverly Webster); and (3) "Go With the Flow" (Sandy Watts). Part 6, "Beloved," contains: (1) "She Haunts Me" (Paula Moeller); (2) "Beloved and Christian Citizenship: An Augustinian Analysis of Sethe and Stamp Paid" (Bill Gardiner); (3) "The Right of Dissent: Beloved's Baby Suggs and Sethe" (Kathryn Dierksen); (4) "Nobody Stopped Playing Checkers" (Teri Holmes); (5) "The Alienation Factor: Displacement Leading to Violence in 'Beloved'" (Millie Goode); (6) "The Meaning of Life" (Karl Kevin Brown); (7) "The Patchwork Quilt and Feminist History in 'Beloved'" (Cynthia Walling); and (8) "Outside the Outside: A Comparison of Walker's Maggie and Morrison's Denver" (Daniel Stevens). Part 7, "L'Envoi," contains: (1) "From the Shadows" (Millie Goode); and (2) "Bruce Mitty" (Carey Christenberry). (EH)
Descriptors: Authors, Books, Citizen Role, Citizenship, Citizenship Responsibility, Classical Literature, Community Attitudes, English Literature, Essays, Foreign Countries, Foreign Nationals, History, Humanities, Immigration, Literature, Political Attitudes, Renaissance Literature, Social Responsibility
Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Texas State Univ., San Marcos.