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Rome and America

Communities of Strangers, Spectacles of Belonging

«'Recommended.' M. A. Byron, Choice»

Rome and America provides a timely exploration of the Roman and American founding myths in the cultural imagination. Defying the usual ideological categories, Dean Hammer argues for the exceptional nature of the myths as a journey of Strangers, but also traces the tensions created by the myths in attempts to answer the question of who We are. Les mer

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Rome and America provides a timely exploration of the Roman and American founding myths in the cultural imagination. Defying the usual ideological categories, Dean Hammer argues for the exceptional nature of the myths as a journey of Strangers, but also traces the tensions created by the myths in attempts to answer the question of who We are. The wide-ranging chapters reassess both Roman antecedents and American expressions of the myth in some unexpected places: early American travelogues, westerns, bare-knuckle boxing, early American theater, government documents detailing Native American policy, and the writings of Noah Webster, W. E. B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, and Charles Eastman. This innovative volume culminates in an interpretation of the current crisis of democracy as a reversion of the community back to Strangers, with suggestions of how the myth can recast a much-needed discussion of identity and belonging.

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Forlag
Cambridge University Press
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9781009249607
Utgivelsesår
2023
Format
24 x 16 cm

Om forfatteren

DEAN HAMMER is John W. Wetzel Professor of Classics and Professor of Government in the Department of Government at Franklin and Marshall College. He has written extensively on the ancient and modern ancient world. His books include Roman Political Thought: From Cicero to Augustine (Cambridge, 2014), Roman Political Thought and the Modern Theoretical Imagination (2008), The Iliad as Politics: The Performance of Political Thought (2002), The Puritan Tradition in Revolutionary, Federalist, and Whig Political Theory: A Rhetoric of Origins (1998), and, as editor, A Companion to Greek Democracy and the Roman Republic (2015).

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«'Recommended.' M. A. Byron, Choice»

«'… an extended and original meditation on the notion of Rome and America as being a collective of strangers bound together by common experiences of exile. … What makes “Rome and America” unique is its analysis of cultural artifacts and historical phenomena in depicting America as a unity of variant peoples, classes, and cultures.' Jesse Russell, Friends, Countrymen, Romans»

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