The Song of Hiawatha | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Helen Carr

This literature criticism consists of approximately 37 pages of analysis & critique of The Song of Hiawatha.
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Critical Essay by Helen Carr

SOURCE: “The Myth of Hiawatha,” in Literature and History, Vol. 12, No. 1, Spring, 1986, pp. 58-78.

In the following essay, Carr examines The Song of Hiawatha as an example of how American literature was striving to achieve a unique identity separate from Europe during the early nineteenth century, and comments on the pros and cons of this self-conscious pursuit.

… the vengeful ghost lurking in the back of the troubled American mind

(Gary Snyder)

This is the true myth of America …

(D. H. Lawrence)

At the beginning of [F. O.] Mattheissen's famous study of the birth of American literature, he hesitates for a moment, awkwardly aware of the anomaly of his title. American Renaissance? The American writers he celebrates are in his terms no rebirth, but nativity itself—or rather, American literature sprang into being...

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