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Bergson and American Culture

The Worlds of Willa Cather and Wallace Stevens

Tom Quirk

Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Published: 10/2017
Pages: 318
Subject: Literary Criticism, Philosophy | University of North Carolina
Print ISBN: 9.78E+12
eBook ISBN: 9781469639611


Bergsonian "vitalism" challenged the dominance of Spencerian determinism in the early twentieth century and seemed to offer a new foundation for belief in human freedom and individual possibility. Quirk traces the impact of Bergsonism upon the American sensibility and shows how individual writers -- particularly two such different artists as Willa Cather and Wallace Stevens -- appropriated vitalistic notions and made them serve the peculiar requirements of their own unique creative imaginations.

Originally published in 1990.

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