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Overview

American Literary Studies: A Methodological Reader gathers together leading scholars of American literature to address the questions of methodology that have invigorated and divided their field: the rise of interdisciplinarity and the wealth of theoretical methods now available to the critic of American literature. Their engagement with these issues takes a unique form in this book: Each scholar has chosen a methodologically innovative essay, which he or she then introduces, explaining why it is both exemplary in its approach and central to the issues that most engage American literary scholarship today. The book includes both an introduction to the controversial interdisciplinary methods that have made American literary studies such a vibrant field, as well as groundbreaking scholarship on topics as diverse as James Fenimore Cooper, minstrel songs, and Lakota Indian stories.

This volume has been designed to serve as a starting point for teachers and students to explore the fundamental questions of American literary scholarship: What does "method" mean in literary studies? Which texts should it study? What makes literary study unique? What should literary scholarship do? American Literary Studies argues that these questions can only be answered through a discussion of the interdisciplinary methods currently in use by scholars today. Finally, an original introduction by Michael A. Elliott and Claudia Stokes explains why questions of method are crucial to American literary studies and how past scholars of American literature have tried to answer them.

Contributors include: Lauren Berlant, Russ Castronovo, Wai Chee Dimock, Ann duCille, Michael A. Elliott, Frances Smith Foster, Elaine A. Jahner, Rob Kroes, Arnold Krupat, Paul Lauter, Marilee Lindemann, W. T. Lhamon, Jr., Christopher J. Looby, David Palumbo-Liu, Roy Harvey Pearce, Lora Romero, Ramón Saldívar, Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, Werner Sollors, Claudia Stokes, Claudia Tate, Paula A. Treichler, Priscilla Wald, Michael Warner, Laura Wexler, Sau-ling C. Wong

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814722169
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 349
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael A. Elliott is Assistant Professor of English at Emory University. He is the author of The Culture Concept: Writing and Difference in Realist America.

Claudia Stokes is Assistant Professor of English at Trinity University.

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Table of Contents

A Note on the Text
Introduction: What Is Method and Why Does It Matter? 1
Pt. 1 History and Literature in America 17
1 Domesticating Virtue: Coquettes and Revolutionaries in Young America 19
Introduction
2 Vanishing Americans: Gender, Empire, and New Historicism 41
Introduction
3 Seeing Sentiment: Photography, Race, and the Innocent Eye 63
Introduction
4 The Queen of America Goes to Washington City: Harriet Jacobs, Frances Harper, Anita Hill 95
Introduction
Pt. 2 Reading "Culture" 125
5 Mass Culture/Popular Culture: Notes for a Humanist's Primer 127
Introduction
6 Dancing for Eels at Catherine Market 150
Introduction
7 AIDS, Homophobia, and Biomedical Discourse: An Epidemic of Signification 182
Introduction
8 The Occult of True Black Womanhood 211
Introduction
Pt. 3 Nationalism Reconsidered 241
9 The Mass Public and the Mass Subject 243
Introduction
10 Traditional Narrative: Contemporary Uses, Historical Perspectives 264
Introduction
11 The Stakes of Textual Border-Crossing: Hualing Nieh's Mulberry and Peach in Sinocentric, Asian American, and Feminist Critical Practices 290
Introduction
12 Americanization: What Are We Talking About? 318
Introduction
About the Contributors 339
Index of Names 345
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