1. Introduction

New England Beyond Criticism

  1. Elisa New

Published Online: 28 MAR 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118854587.ch1

New England Beyond Criticism

New England Beyond Criticism

How to Cite

New, E. (ed) (2014) Introduction, in New England Beyond Criticism, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118854587.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 MAR 2014
  2. Published Print: 9 MAY 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118854532

Online ISBN: 9781118854587



  • America;
  • Harvard;
  • literary history;
  • New England


New England Beyond Criticism: In Defense of America's First Literature offers a work of advocacy, an attempt to express, and to foster, a passion for the literature of New England not fully authorized by the protocols of literary criticism. The first section, called Excitations, explores religious experience and its after effects in the poetic tradition. The second section, called Congregations, pursues matters of community and individuality. The book's third section, Matriculations, discusses the incubator of the New England canon, and to what are perhaps New England's most hallowed institutions to this day, its universities. Finally, in the book's Epilogue, the author looks back at the intellectual and literary history of New England, and at her Harvard predecessors.