A History of American Literature / Edition 2

A History of American Literature / Edition 2

by Richard Gray
     
 

First published in 2004, A History of American Literature is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed surveys of American literature from pre-Columbian times to the present available today. This widely anticipated second edition features a wealth of fresh updates and new material, including a detailed survey of the fiction, drama, and poetry written

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First published in 2004, A History of American Literature is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed surveys of American literature from pre-Columbian times to the present available today. This widely anticipated second edition features a wealth of fresh updates and new material, including a detailed survey of the fiction, drama, and poetry written in response to 9/11 and the “war on terror.” Other additions include coverage of the cultural consequences of the new era in American politics ushered in by the election of President Obama, and the development of new literary and cultural movements such as the New Formalists.

Written in an informed and approachable style by Richard Gray, one of the leading authorities in the field, this survey helps the reader develop a deeper understanding of and insight into the immense breadth of American literary traditions within the context of American social and cultural history. While focusing on the full range of fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction that has been incorporated into the mainstream literary canon, Gray also considers popular American literary traditions such as oral literature, folktales, spirituals, Westerns, detective stories, thrillers, and science fiction.

Compelling and authoritative, A History of American Literature, Second Edition, continues its tradition of representing an unparalleled introduction to the full breadth and diversity of the American literary tradition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405192286
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Pages:
952
Sales rank:
929,430
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
1The First Americans: American Literature Before and During the Colonial and Revolutionary Periods1
2Inventing Americas: The Making of American Literature, 1800-1865100
3Reconstructing the Past, Reimagining the Future: The Development of American Literature, 1865-1900245
4Making it New: The Emergence of Modern American Literature, 1900-1945336
5Negotiating the American Century: American Literature since 1945553
Further Reading818
Index845

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