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No Place of Grace: Antimodernism and the Transformation of American Culture, 1880-1920


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T. J. Jackson Lears draws on a wealth of primary sources — sermons, diaries, letters — as well as novels, poems, and essays to explore the origins of turn-of-the-century American antimodernism. He examines the retreat to the exotic, the pursuit of intense physical or spiritual experiences, and the search for cultural self-sufficiency through the Arts and Crafts movement. Lears argues that their antimodern impulse, more pervasive than historians have supposed, was not "simple escapism," but reveals some enduring and recurring tensions in American culture.

"It's an understatement to call No Place of Grace a brilliant book. . . . It's the first clear sign I've seen that my generation, after marching through the '60s and jogging through the '70s might be pausing to examine what we've learned, and to teach it."—Walter Kendrick, Village Voice

"One can justly make the claim that No Place of Grace restores and reinterprets a crucial part of American history. Lears's method is impeccable."—Ann Douglas, The Nation

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition



1. Roots of Antimodernism: The Crisis of Cultural Authority During the Late Nineteenth Century

A Pattern of Evasive Banality: Official Modern Culture in Industrial America

A Social Crisis: The Republican Tradition and the Radical Sphere

Unreal City: Social Science, Secularization, and the Emergence of Weightlessness

A Psychic Crisis: Neurasthenia and the Emergence of a Therapeutic World View

2. The Figure of the Artisan: Arts and Crafts Ideology

Origins of the American Craft Revival: Persons and Perceptions

Revitalization and Transformation in Arts and Crafts Ideology: The Simple Life, Aestheticism, Educational Reform

Reversing Antimodernism: The Factory, The Market, and the Process of Rationalization

The Fate of the Craft Ideal

3. The Destructive Element: Modern Commercial Society and the Martial Ideal

From Domestic Realism to "Real Life"

Class, Race, and the Worship of Force

The Psychological Uses of the Martial Ideal: The Cult of Experience and the Quest for Authentic Selfhood

The Psychological Uses of the Martial Ideal: Guiney, Norris, Adams

4. The Morning of Belief: Medieval Mentalities in a Modern World

The Image of Childhood and the Childhood of the Race

Medieval Sincerity: Genteel and Robust

Medieval Vitality: The Erotic Union of Sacred and Profane

The Medieval Unconscious: Therapy and Protest

5. The Religion of Beauty: Catholic Forms and American Consciousness

The Rise of Catholic Taste: Cultural Authority and Personal Regeneration

Art, Ritual, and Belief: The Protestant Dilemma

American Anglo-Catholicism: Legitimation and Protest

The Poles of Anglicanism: Cram and Scudder

6. From Patriarchy to Nirvana: Patterns of Ambivalence

The Problem of Victorian Ambivalence: Sources and Solutions

The Lotus and the Father: Bigelow, Lowell, Lodge

William Sturgis Bigelow

Percival Lowell

George Cabot Lodge

Aesthetic Catholicism and "Feminine" Values: Norton, Hall, Brooks

Charles Eliot Norton

G. Stanley Hall

Van Wyck Brooks

7. From Filial Loyalty to Religious Protest: Henry Adams

Early Manhood: The Meandering Track of the Family Go-Cart

Husband, Historian, Novelist: Adams's Crisis of Generativity

The Antimodern Quest: From Niagara to the Virgin

Between Father and Mother, I: The Virgin, The Dynamo, and the Angelic Doctor

Between Father and Mother, II: The Antimodern Modernist


Biographical Appendix



Product Details

Lears, Jackson
Lears, T. J. Jackson
University of Chicago Press
Chicago :
United states
Americas (North Central South West Indies)
Sociology - General
Intellectual life
United States - Reconstruction Period (1865-1877)
United States Intellectual life 1865-1918.
United States Civilization 1865-1918.
US History-1860 to 1920
US History-19th Century
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9 x 6 in

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