No Place of Grace Antimodernism and the Transformation of

T J Jackson Lears draws on a wealth of primary sources — sermons diaries letters — as well as novels poems and essays to explore the origins of turn of the century American antimodernism He examines the retreat to the exotic the pursuit of intense physical or spiritual experiences and the search for cultural self sufficiency through the Arts and Crafts movement Lears argues that their antimodern impulse pervasive than historians have supposed was not simple escapism but reveals some enduring and recurring tensions in American cultureIt's an understatement to call No Place of Grace a brilliant book It's the first clear sign I've seen that my generation after marching through the '60s and jogging through the '70s might be pausing to examine what we've learned and to teach it—Walter Kendrick Village VoiceOne can justly make the claim that No Place of Grace restores and reinterprets a crucial part of American history Lears's method is impeccable—Ann Douglas The Nation


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