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

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University of Chicago Press, Jun 15, 1994 - History - 375 pages
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
 

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Contents

OF CULTURAL AUTHORITY DURING THE LATE
4
The Republican Tradition and the Radical Specter
26
Neurasthenia and the Emergence of a Therapeutic World
47
Persons and Perceptions
66
The Factory The Market and The Process
83
MODERN
97
The Cultof Experience and
117
MEDIEVAL
141
Legitimation and Protest
198
PATTERNS
217
Bigelow Lowell Lodge
225
Norton Hall Brooks
241
FROM FILIAL LOYALTY TO RELIGIOUS
261
From Niagara to the Virgin
270
The Virgin The Dynamo
279
The Antimodem Modernist
286

Genteel and Robust
149
The Erotic Union of Sacred and Profane
160
Therapy and Protest
167
CATHOLIC FORMS
183
The Protestant Dilemma
192
EPILOGUE
299
BIOGRAPHICAL APPENDIX 33
313
INDEX
365
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