Michael Rogin, 10 June 1993
Show More The Rites of Assent: Transformations in the Symbolic Construction of America by Sacvan Bercovitch.
Routledge, 424 pp., £40, November 1992, 9780415900140Show More
Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America by Garry Wills.
Simon and Schuster, 315 pp., £17.99, April 1993, 0 671 76956 1Show More
“... of ethnic cleansing, mass rape, communal violence and racial polarisation, Garry Wills and Sacvan Bercovitch proclaim the power of language to transform the world. Against one current fashion, both reject punning and the play of the socially detached signifier: they embed American words in American history. Against another current fashion, both ...”