American Literature, American Culture / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 97%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (7) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $8.00   
  • Used (6) from $1.99   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2006

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Don Mills, ON, Canada 1998 Soft cover 1st Edition New in New jacket Book. 8vo-over 7?-9?" tall. Signed. None Line across exterior of page edges.

Ships from: Natchitoches, LA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by


American Literature, American Culture is the first comprehensive anthology of American literary criticism to appear in many years and the first collection to bring together the tradition of American literary criticism as cultural critique. This unique anthology assembles reviews of early works, major critical essays, excerpts from landmark studies, and the most influential examples of the criticism practiced today. The selections address the dominant questions in the American literary tradition: What are the cultural responsibilities of the American writer? What are the characteristics of a national literature? Is a national literature even possible? How do gender and race affect the way we understand literature? What role does literature play in a democratic society? Organized chronologically, the four sections of the volume gather the most vital and enduring arguments in American literary and cultural politics in each era, covering such prominent issues as American exceptionalism, the racial divide, gender, and class identity. The book pays particular attention to the historical background of contemporary debates about multiculturalism.
American Literature, American Culture is ideal for undergraduate and graduate courses in American literature, criticism, and American Studies. It also serves as a useful supplementary text in upper-level courses in criticism. Its range proves that at every juncture of the nation's intellectual history, criticism has provided an indispensable way of determining America's most fundamental meanings.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195085211
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/8/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • Lexile: 1400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

I Formations 1
1 "What Is an American?" 5
2 Toward a Definition of American Literature (selections)
"To the Public" 12
Excerpt from North American Review 12
"National Literature" 24
"Marginalia" 25
"Americanism in Literature" 26
3 "American Literature" 37
4 "The American Scholar" 48
5 "Nationality in Literature" 59
6 "The American Scholar" 66
7 prefaces
The House of the Seven Gables 88
Blithedale Romance 89
The Marble Faun 91
8 "Hawthorne and His Mosses" 93
9 "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro" 102
10 "How Should Women Write?" 118
11 "Democratic Vistas" 121
12 From "Hawthorne" 138
13 From Criticism and Fiction 143
14 "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offences" 148
15 The Great American Novel (selections)
"The Great American Novel" 155
"American Novels" 160
"The American Novel" 168
"The Great American Novel" 177
II Modern American Criticism, 1900-1945 183
1 "The Sorrow Songs" 187
2 "Why Is American Literature Bourgeois?" 194
3 "The Genteel Tradition in American Philosophy" 200
4 "On Creating a Usable Past" 213
5 "The Critic and American Life" 217
6 "The American Novel" 226
7 "The New Negro" 232
8 "Proletarian Realism" 239
9 "Reconstructed but Unregenerate" 242
10 From American Humor 253
11 "Characteristics of Negro Expression" 258
12 "Literature as Equipment for Living" 269
13 "The Forerunners" 275
14 "The Cult of Experience in American Writing" 283
15 "The Economy of the American Writer" 292
III Postwar Era, 1945-1970 299
1 "The Responsibilities of the Critic" 303
2 "Come Back to the Raft Ag'in, Huck Honey!" 312
3 "Reality in America" 316
4 "Richard Wright's Blues" 326
5 "Everybody's Protest Novel" 335
6 "American Literature and the American Language" 339
7 "The Myth of the Garden and Turner's Frontier Hypothesis" 349
8 "Errand into the Wilderness" 358
9 "The Hero's Progress" 370
10 "Harriet Beecher Stowe" 380
11 "Masscult and Midcult" 393
12 "The Jew as Modern American Writer" 403
13 "Vesuvius at Home: The Power of Emily Dickinson" 409
IV Contemporaries, 1970-1998 427
1 "Melodramas of Beset Manhood: How Theories of American Fiction Exclude Women Authors" 431
2 "A Modest Ethnic Proposal" 443
3 "'But Is It Any Good?': The Institutionalization of Literary Value" 455
4 "Writing, 'Race,' and the Difference It Makes" 463
5 "The Beast in the Closet: James and the Writing of Homosexual Panic" 476
6 "Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: An American Grammar Book" 497
7 "Hawthorne's A-Morality of Compromise" 516
8 "Unspeakable Things Unspoken: The Afro-American Presence in American Literature" 538
9 "The Vanishing American" 559
10 "The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism" 573
11 "How to Tame a Wild Tongue" 585
12 "American Literary Emergence as a Postcolonial Phenomenon" 592
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)