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Reading the American Novel 1780 - 1865
     

Reading the American Novel 1780 - 1865

by Shirley Samuels
 

Reading the American Novel 1780-1865 provides valuable insights into the evolution and diversity of fictional genres produced in the United States from the late 18th century until the Civil War, and helps introductory students to interpret and understand the fiction from this popular period.

  • Offers an overview of early fictional genres and

Overview

Reading the American Novel 1780-1865 provides valuable insights into the evolution and diversity of fictional genres produced in the United States from the late 18th century until the Civil War, and helps introductory students to interpret and understand the fiction from this popular period.

  • Offers an overview of early fictional genres and introduces ways to interpret them today
  • Features in depth examinations of specific novels
  • Explores the social and historical contexts of the time to help the readers’ understanding of  the stories
  • Explores questions of identity - about the novel, its 19th-century readers, and the emerging structure of the United States - as an important backdrop to understanding American fiction
  • Profiles the major authors, including Louisa May Alcott, Charles Brockden Brown, James Fenimore Cooper, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Harriet Beecher Stowe, alongside less familiar writers such as Fanny Fern, Caroline Kirkland, George Lippard, Catharine Sedgwick, and E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • Selected by Choice as a 2013 Outstanding Academic Title

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Named CHOICE Outstanding Title for 2012

“Perhaps only a scholar of Samuel’s perspicacity could produce a work that treads familiar textual ground with such startling insight, a work that moves elegantly between its meta-critical concerns and the ingenuity of its close readings.  Summing Up: Essential.  All readers.”  (Choice, 1 October 2012)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118779910
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/10/2014
Series:
Reading the Novel Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"In her openness to surprise and discovery, Samuels demonstrates that the pleasures of reading are forever new and changing, as historical conditions and media formations change. This wonderful book will both confirm a rich tradition of scholarship and challenge its findings at every turn."
Wyn Kelley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Samuels makes a powerful and timely case for the ongoing importance of reading 19thc US fiction. In her capable hands, newcomers as well as seasoned readers of this material discover the pleasures and profound possibilities that fiction reading has offered American audiences over the last two hundred years."
Caroline Levander, Rice University

Meet the Author

Shirley Samuels is Professor of English and American Studies at Cornell University. She is the author of Romances of the Republic (1996) and Facing America (2004), and editor of The Culture of Sentiment (1992) and The Companion to American Fiction, 1780–1865 (2004). She also edited the Cambridge Companion to Abraham Lincoln (2012).

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