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