Nationalism and Literature: The Politics of Culture in Canada and the United States / Edition 1

Nationalism and Literature: The Politics of Culture in Canada and the United States / Edition 1

by Sarah M. Corse
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521579120

ISBN-13: 9780521579124

Pub. Date: 07/28/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This analysis of two hundred American and Canadian novels offers a new theory of national literatures, demonstrating that national canon formation occurs in tandem with nation-building. It accounts for cross-national differences and illuminates the historically constructed and symbolic nature of the relationship between literature and the nation-state. High-culture

Overview

This analysis of two hundred American and Canadian novels offers a new theory of national literatures, demonstrating that national canon formation occurs in tandem with nation-building. It accounts for cross-national differences and illuminates the historically constructed and symbolic nature of the relationship between literature and the nation-state. High-culture national literatures are selected as different from other novels; popular-culture bestsellers are mass market commodities for the largest, least differentiated audience.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521579124
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2010
Series:
Cambridge Cultural Social Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: cultural fields and literary use; 2. Nation-building and the historical timing of a national literature in the United States; 3. Nation-building and the historical timing of a national literature in Canada; 4. The canonical novels: the politics of cultural nationalism; 5. The literary prize-winners: revision and renewal; 6. The bestsellers: the economics of publishing and the convergence of popular taste; 7. Literary meaning and cultural use; Appendices.

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