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By John T. Irwin

ISBN-10: 0300024711

ISBN-13: 9780300024715

ISBN-10: 1421421151

ISBN-13: 9781421421155

The discovery of the Rosetta Stone and the following decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphics captured the imaginations of nineteenth-century American writers and supplied a focus for his or her speculations at the relationships among signal, image, language, and that means. via clean readings of vintage works through Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville, John T. Irwin’s American Hieroglyphics examines the symbolic mode linked to the pictographs.

Irwin demonstrates how American Symbolist literature of the interval was once stimulated via what he calls "hieroglyphic doubling," using pictographic expression as a medium of either expression and interpretation. alongside the best way, he touches upon quite a lot of issues that interested humans of the day, together with the adventure to the resource of the Nile and concepts concerning the beginning of language.

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