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Throughout the era of the Cold War a consensus reigned as to what constituted the great works of American literature. Yet as scholars have increasingly shown, and as this volume unmistakably demonstrates, that consensus was built upon the repression of the voices and historical contexts of subordinated social groups as well as literary works themselves, works both outside and within the traditional canon. This book is an effort to recover those lost voices. Engaging New Historicist, neo-Marxist, ...
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Revisionary Interventions into the Americanist Canon

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Overview

Throughout the era of the Cold War a consensus reigned as to what constituted the great works of American literature. Yet as scholars have increasingly shown, and as this volume unmistakably demonstrates, that consensus was built upon the repression of the voices and historical contexts of subordinated social groups as well as literary works themselves, works both outside and within the traditional canon. This book is an effort to recover those lost voices. Engaging New Historicist, neo-Marxist, poststructuralist, and other literary practices, this volume marks important shifts in the organizing principles and self-understanding of the field of American Studies.
Originally published as a special issue of boundary 2, the essays gathered here discuss writers as diverse as Kate Chopin, Frederick Douglass, Emerson, Melville, W. D. Howells, Henry James, W. E. B. DuBois, and Mark Twain, plus the historical figure John Brown. Two major sections devoted to the theory of romance and to cultural-historical analyses emphasize the political perspective of "New Americanist" literary and cultural study.

Contributors. William E. Cain, Wai-chee Dimock, Howard Horwitz, Gregory S. Jay, Steven Mailloux, John McWilliams, Susan Mizruchi, Donald E. Pease, Ivy Schweitzer, Priscilla Wald, Michael Warner, Robert Weimann

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822382645
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/1994
  • Series: New Americanists
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 714 KB

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Contents

Preface


New Americanists: Revisionist Interventions into the Canon


Pease
Donald E.




The Res Publica of Letters


Warner
Michael




The Desublimation of Romance

The Rationale for “The American Romance”


McWilliams
John




Scarcity, Subjectivity, and Emerson


Dimock
Wai-chee




Hearing Narrative Voices in Melville's Pierre


Wald
Priscilla




The Rhetorical Use and Abuse of Fiction: Eating Books in Late Nineteenth-Century America


Mailloux
Steven




Maternal Discourse and the Romance of Self-Possession in Kate Chopin's The Awakening


Schweitzer
Ivy





The New Historicist Return of the Repressed Context

Realism, Ideology, and the Novel in America (1886–1896): Changing Perspectives in the Work of Mark Twain, W. D. Howells, and Henry James


Weimann
Robert




American Literature and the New Historicism: The Example of Frederick Douglass


Jay
Gregory S.




“Ours by the Law of Nature”: Romance and Independents on Mark Twain's River


Hotwitz
Howard




Cataloging the Creatures of the Deep: “Billy Budd, Sailor” and the Rise of Sociology


Mizruchi
Susan




Violence, Revolution, and the Cost of Freedom: John Brown and W. E. B. DuBois


Cain
William E.





Contributors


Index

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