Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Democracy in Print

According to Paul Starr, The creation of the media, "If the American nation be judged by its literature, it may be pronounced to have no mind at all" (Harriet Martineau, the creation of the media pg. 113)

My opinion about this statement that Harriet Martineau wrote talks about how if the American nation was to be judged on its account of literature, she is saying America as a nation doesn't have its own mind. Another opinion about this statement is that America as a nation can stand on its own two feet. An opinion is this statement that she made is that she is saying that America as a nation can't think for itself.


At 11:59 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A national literature is a sign of the maturity of a civilization. The absence of a national literature is seen as a sign of cultural inferiority. The emergence of American literature in the 19th century was a sign that we were becoming less dependent on European culture and ideas.


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