A Brief History of American Literature / Edition 1

A Brief History of American Literature / Edition 1

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by Richard Gray
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405192305

ISBN-13: 9781405192309

Pub. Date: 03/01/2011

Publisher: Wiley

  • A Brief History of American Literature offers students and general readers a concise and up-to-date history of the full range of American writing from its origins until the present day. 
  • Represents the only up-to-date concise history of American literature 
  • Covers fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction, as well as looking  at

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  • A Brief History of American Literature offers students and general readers a concise and up-to-date history of the full range of American writing from its origins until the present day. 
  • Represents the only up-to-date concise history of American literature 
  • Covers fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction, as well as looking  at other forms of literature including folktales, spirituals, the detective story, the thriller and science fiction
  • Considers how our understanding of American literature has changed over the past twenty years
  • Offers students an abridged version of History of American Literature, a book widely considered the standard   survey text 
  • Provides an invaluable introduction to the subject for students of American literature, American studies and all those interested in the literature and culture of the United States

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405192309
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments.

1 The First Americans: American Literature During the Colonial and Revolutionary Periods.

Imagining Eden.

Writing of the Colonial and Revolutionary Periods.

2 Inventing Americas: The Making of American Literature 1800–1865.

Making a Nation.

The Making of American Myths.

The Making of American Selves.

The Making of Many Americas.

The Making of an American Fiction and Poetry.

3 Reconstructing the Past, Reimagining the Future: The Development of American Literature 1865–1900.

Rebuilding a Nation.

The Development of Literary Regionalisms.

The Development of Literary Realism and Naturalism.

The Development of Women's Writing.

The Development of Many Americas.

4 Making It New: The Emergence of Modern American Literature 1900–1945.

Changing National Identities.

Between Victorianism and Modernism.

The Inventions of Modernism.

Traditionalism, Politics, and Prophecy.

Community and Identity.

Mass Culture and the Writer.

5 Negotiating the American Century: American Literature since 1945.

Towards a Transnational Nation.

Formalists and Confessionals.

Public and Private Histories.

Beats, Prophets, and Aesthetes.

The Art and Politics of Race.

Realism and Its Discontents.

Language and Genre.

Creating New Americas.

Index.

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