New England Romantic Literature: America's Civil Scripture or Yankee Regionalism?

"The First Thanksgiving," by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau, Dickinson, and Harriet Beecher Stowe each contributed to an origin story of the American spirit that bound it to a Yankee, Anglo-Saxon past.

America's cultural history, however, encompasses more than Plymouth Rock and Puritan Boston.

In his article, The New England Renaissance and American Literary Ethnocentrism, Prof. Lawrence Buell, Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, considers both the national importance and the regional particularity of New England Romantic literature.

You can find a complete list of Prof. Buell's works in DASH here.