History of American Literature / Edition 1by Richard Gray
This major new history of American literature from pre-Columbian times to the present is written in an informed but accessible style by one of the leading authorities in the field. While paying attention to the full range of fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction that has been incorporated into the mainstream literary canon, it also looks at other forms, including… See more details below
This major new history of American literature from pre-Columbian times to the present is written in an informed but accessible style by one of the leading authorities in the field. While paying attention to the full range of fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction that has been incorporated into the mainstream literary canon, it also looks at other forms, including oral literature, folktales, spirituals, the blues, the western, the detective story, the thriller, and science fiction. All this writing is placed in the context of American social and cultural history both before and after the formation of the United States.
Taking account of the radical changes that have occurred in our understanding of American literature over the past 30 years, this book concentrates above all on the plural character of culture in the United States, the conflicting forces at work in its history, and the continuing acts of imagination that constitute the making of this nation.
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Table of Contents
PART I: The First Americans: American Literature Before And During The Colonial And Revolutionary Periods:.
1. Imagining Eden.
2. Native American Oral Traditions.
3. Spanish And French Encounters With America.
4. Anglo-American Encounters.
5. Writing Of The Colonial And Revolutionary Periods:.
Challenges to the Puritan oligarchy.
Some Colonial poetry.
Enemies within and without.
Trends towards the secular and resistance.
Towards the Revolution.
Alternative voices of Revolution.
Writing Revolution: Poetry, drama, fiction.
PART II: Inventing Americas: The Making Of American Literature 1800-1865:.
6. Making a Nation.
7. The Making Of American Myths:.
Myths of an emerging nation.
The making of Western myth.
The making of Southern myth.
Legends of the Old Southwest.
8. The Making Of American Selves:.
Voices of African American identity.
9. The Making Of Many Americas:.
Native American writing.
Oral culture of the Hispanic Southwest.
African American polemic and poetry.
Abolitionist and pro-slavery writing.
Abolitionism and feminism.
African American writing.
9. The Making Of American Fiction And Poetry:.
The emergence of American narratives.
Women writers and storytellers.
Spirituals and folk songs.
American poetic voices.
PART III: Reconstructing The Past, Reimagining The Future: The Development Of American Literature 1865-1900:.
10. Rebuilding a Nation.
11. The Development Of Literary Regionalisms:.
From Adam to outsider.
Regionalism in the West and Midwest.
African American and Native American voices.
Regionalism in New England.
Regionalism in the South.
12. The Development Of Literary Realism And Naturalism:.
Capturing the commonplace.
Capturing the real thing.
13. The Development Of Women’s Writing:.
Writing by African American women.
Writing and the condition of women.
14. The Development Of Many Americas:.
Things fall apart.
Voices of resistance.
Voices of reform.
The immigrant encounter.
PART IV: Making It New: The Emergence Of Modern American Literature 1900-1945:.
15. Changing National Identities.
16. Between Victorianism And Modernism:.
The problem of race.
Building bridges: Women writers.
Critiques of American provincial life.
Poetry and the search for form.
17. The Inventions Of Modernism:.
Imagism, Vorticism and Objectivism.
Making it new in poetry.
Making it new in prose.
Making it new in drama.
18. Traditionalism, Politics And Prophecy:.
The uses of traditionalism.
Populism and radicalism.
19. Community and Identity:.
Native American voices.
The literature of the New Negro movement and beyond.
20. Mass Culture And The Writer:.
Western, detective and hardboiled fiction.
Fiction and popular culture.
PART V: Negotiating The American Century: American Literature Since 1945:.
21. Towards a Transnational Nation.
22. Formalists And Confessionals:.
From the mythological eye to the lonely 'I' in poetry.
From formalism to freedom in poetry.
The uses of formalism.
New formalists, new confessionals.
23. Public and Private Histories:.
Documentary and dream in prose.
Contested identities in prose.
Crossing borders: Some women prose writers.
24. Beats, Prophets And Aesthetes:.
Rediscovering the American voice: The BlackMountain writers.
Restoring the American vision: The San Francisco renaissance.
Recreating American rhythms: The beat generation.
Reinventing the American self: The New York poets.
Resisting orthodoxy: Dissent and experiment in fiction.
25. The Art And Politics Of Race:.
Defining a new black aesthetic.
Defining a new black identity in prose.
Defining a new black identity in drama.
Telling impossible stories: Recent African American fiction.
26. Realism And Its Discontents:.
Confronting the real, stretching the realistic in drama.
New Journalists and dirty realists.
27. Language And Genre.
Watching nothing: Postmodernity in prose.
The actuality of words: Postmodern poetry.
Signs and scenes of crime, science fiction and fantasy.
28. Creating New Americas:.
Dreaming history: European immigrant writing.
Remapping a nation: Chicano/a and Latino/a writing.
Improvising America: Asian American writing.
New and ancient songs: The return of the Native American.
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