A Companion to the Modern American Novel 1900-1950 / Edition 1

A Companion to the Modern American Novel 1900-1950 / Edition 1

by John T. Matthews
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631206876

ISBN-13: 9780631206873

Pub. Date: 05/04/2009

Publisher: Wiley

This cutting-edge Companion is a comprehensive resource for the study of the modern American novel. Published at a time when literary modernism is being thoroughly reassessed, it reflects current investigations into the origins and character of the movement as a whole.

  • Brings together 28 original essays from leading scholars
  • Allows readers

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Overview

This cutting-edge Companion is a comprehensive resource for the study of the modern American novel. Published at a time when literary modernism is being thoroughly reassessed, it reflects current investigations into the origins and character of the movement as a whole.

  • Brings together 28 original essays from leading scholars
  • Allows readers to orient individual works and authors in their principal cultural and social contexts
  • Contributes to efforts to recover minority voices, such as those of African American novelists, and popular subgenres, such as detective fiction
  • Directs students to major relevant scholarship for further inquiry
  • Suggests the many ways that “modern”, “American” and “fiction” carry new meanings in the twenty-first century

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631206873
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/04/2009
Series:
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture Series, #151
Pages:
616
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors viii

List of Figures xiii

Preface xiv

Acknowledgments xxiii

1 An Economic History of the United States 1900–1950 1
Eric Rauchway

2 The Changing Status of Women 1900–1950 13
Nancy Woloch

3 The Status of African Americans 1900–1950 31
Matthew Pratt Guterl

4 Pragmatism, Power, and the Politics of Aesthetic Experience 56
Jeanne Follansbee Quinn

5 Class and Sex in American Fiction: From Casual Laborers to Accidental Desires 73
Michael Trask

6 Jazz: From the Gutter to the Mainstream 91
Jeremy Yudkin

7 French Visual Humanisms and the American Style 116
Justus Nieland

8 Early Literary Modernism 141
Andrew Lawson

9 Naturalism: Turn-of-the-Century Modernism 160
Donna Campbell

10 Money and Things: Capitalist Realism, Anxiety, and Social Critique in Works by Hemingway, Wharton, and Fitzgerald 181
Richard Godden

11 Chronic Modernism 202
Leigh Anne Duck

12 New Regionalisms: Literature and Uneven Development 218
Hsuan L. Hsu

13 "The Possibilities of Hard-Won Land": Midwestern Modernism and the Novel 240
Edward P. Comentale

14 Writing the Modern South 266
Susan V. Donaldson

15 What Was High About Modernism? The American Novel and Modernity 282
John T. Matthews

16 African-American Modernisms 306
Michelle Stephens

17 Ethnic Modernism 324
Rita Keresztesi

18 The Proletarian Novel 353
Barbara Foley

19 Revolutionary Sentiments: Modern American Domestic Fiction and the Rise of the Welfare State 367
Susan Edmunds

20 Lesbian Fiction 1900–1950 392
Heather Love

21 The Gay Novel in the United States 1900–1950 414
Christopher Looby

22 The Popular Western 437
William R. Handley

23 Twentieth-Century American Crime and Detective Fiction 454
Charles J. Rzepka

24 What Price Hollywood? Modern American Writers and the Movies 466
Mark Eaton

25 The Belated Tradition of Asian-American Modernism 496
Delia Konzett

26 Modernism and Protopostmodernism 518
Patrick O'Donnell

27 The Modern Novel in a New World Context 535
George B. Handley

28 Reheated Figures: Five Ways of Looking at Leftovers 554
Jani Scandura

Index 579

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