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Realist Ecstasy: Religion, Race, and Performance in American Literature

Lindsay V. Reckson

Abstract

Realist Ecstasy: Religion, Race, and Performance in American Literature recovers a series of ecstatic performances in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American realism. From camp meetings to Native American ghost dances to storefront church revivals, Realist Ecstasy explores how realism represents ecstatic bodies as objects of fascination, transforming spiritual experience into the very material of realist description. In an era of “separate but equal” religious pluralism and systematic racial terror, realism mobilized the gestural and performative idioms of religious ecstasy to co ... More

Keywords: racial difference, religious difference, ecstasy, performance, bodily practice, realism, secularism, secularization, Jim Crow

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781479803323
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479803323.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lindsay V. Reckson, author
Haverford College