Reluctant Modernism: American Thought And Culture, 1880-1900 (Twayne's American Thought and Culture Series)

Reluctant Modernism American Thought And Culture Twayne s American Thought and Culture Series In the last two decades of the nineteenth century Americans were faced with the challenges and uncertainties of a new era The comfortable Victorian values of continuity progress and order clashed w

  • Title: Reluctant Modernism: American Thought And Culture, 1880-1900 (Twayne's American Thought and Culture Series)
  • Author: George Cotkin
  • ISBN: 9780805790597
  • Page: 135
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the last two decades of the nineteenth century, Americans were faced with the challenges and uncertainties of a new era The comfortable Victorian values of continuity, progress, and order clashed with the unsettling modern notions of constant change, relative truth, and chaos Attempting to embrace the intellectual challenges of modernism, American thinkers of the dayIn the last two decades of the nineteenth century, Americans were faced with the challenges and uncertainties of a new era The comfortable Victorian values of continuity, progress, and order clashed with the unsettling modern notions of constant change, relative truth, and chaos Attempting to embrace the intellectual challenges of modernism, American thinkers of the day were yet reluctant to welcome the wholesale rejection of the past and destruction of traditional values In Reluctant Modernism American Thought and Culture, 1880 1900, George Cotkin surveys the intellectual life of this crucial transitional period His story begins with the Darwinian controversies, since the mainstream of American culture was just beginning to come to grips with the implications of the Origins of Species, published in 1859 Cotkin demonstrates the effects of this shift in thinking on philosophy, anthropology, and the newly developing field of psychology Drawing on his extensive knowledge of these fields, he explains clearly and concisely the essential tenets of such major thinkers and writers as William James, Franz Boas, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Henry Adams, and Kate Chopin Throughout this fascinating, readable history of the American fin de siecle run the contrasting themes of continuity and change, faith and rationalism, despair over the meaninglessness of life and, ultimately, a guarded optimism about the future.

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    1. This volume, the fourth in the Twayne Modern American Thought and Culture series edited by Lewis Perry and Howard Brick, looks at American intellectual history from 1880-1900. Cotkin covers this ground adeptly and even-handedly, from the pervasive influence of Darwinism on practically every area of human endeavor of the time to the ambiguous place of the woman in intellectual life. The book has its weak points, which I will mention at the end. The first part of the book is the best and offers so [...]

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