Canons by Consensus: Critical Trends and American Literature Anthologies

Canons by Consensus: Critical Trends and American Literature Anthologies

by Joseph Thomas Csicsila
     
 

The first systematic analysis of American literature textbooks used by college instructors in the last century.

"This is a landmark resource. . . . Professor Csicsila's most important achievement is to clarify the ways in which the canon of the first part of the 20th century has remained largely intact, still central to the visions of Americanists as

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The first systematic analysis of American literature textbooks used by college instructors in the last century.

"This is a landmark resource. . . . Professor Csicsila's most important achievement is to clarify the ways in which the canon of the first part of the 20th century has remained largely intact, still central to the visions of Americanists as a new century begins."—George Perkins, editor of The American Tradition in Literature

"Csicsila's excellent study astutely discerns the shifting paradigms in nearly a century of college classroom texts, in the process overturning many notions about the supposed biases of literary anthology editors.  Canons by Consensus reveals how a teaching tool long taken for granted can serve as an invaluable index to academic movements and fads."—Alan Gribben, author of Mark Twain's Library: A Reconstruction

"[This] is an innovative piece of scholarship—provocative by implication, lucid in presentation, steady in judgment. What the author has done is to methodically drill test bores through strata of representations of American literature. . . . No one in the future ought to be able to make overarching claims about the American literary canon without first checking here the facts of the cases in question."—from the Foreword by Tom Quirk

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817313975
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Series:
Amer Lit Realism & Naturalism Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1The historical context
2Early- and mid-nineteenth-century prose : Irving, Cooper, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville
3Nineteenth-century poetry : Whitman, Dickinson, Alice Cary, Phoebe Cary, Larcom, Thaxter, Lanier, Tabb
4Post Civil War prose : Twain, Harte, Howells, James
5Latter-nineteenth-century prose : Stowe, Jewett, Freeman, Chopin
6The African American heritage : Equiano, Jacobs, Douglass, Dunbar, Chesnutt, Harper
7Early-twentieth-century women writers : Wharton, Cather, Glasgow

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