The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature

The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature

by Russ Castronovo
     
 

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How do we approach the rich field of nineteenth-century American literature? How might we recalibrate the coordinates of critical vision and open up new areas of investigation? To answer such questions, this volume brings together 23 original essays written by leading scholars in American literary studies. By examining specific novels, poems, essays, diaries and…  See more details below

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How do we approach the rich field of nineteenth-century American literature? How might we recalibrate the coordinates of critical vision and open up new areas of investigation? To answer such questions, this volume brings together 23 original essays written by leading scholars in American literary studies. By examining specific novels, poems, essays, diaries and other literary examples, the authors confront head-on the implications, scope, and scale of their analysis. The chapters foreground methodological concerns to assess the challenges of transnational perspectives, disability studies, environmental criticism, affect studies, gender analysis, and other cutting-edge approaches. The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature is thus both critically incisive and sharply practical, inviting attention to how readers read, how critics critique, and how interpreters interpret. It offers forceful strategies for rethinking protest novels, women's writing, urban literature, slave narratives, and popular fiction, just to name a few of the wide array of topics and genres covered. This volume, rather than surveying established ideas in studies of nineteenth-century American literature, registers what is happening now and anticipates what will shape the field's future.

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"This volume significantly contributes to the field in its intent to expand, or 'explode,' traditional 'ironclad' heuristics of 19th-century American literature fixed in notions delineating geographic region, time, and genre...Essential." —Choice

"Well suited for readers—especially graduate students—seeking an overview of this always-protean field...These essays show why their interpretive methodologies matter—now and in the future. In so doing, they suggest the excitement and energy that might accompany a newer Americanist dispensation." —Review 19

"[An] erudite and eminently readable collection of essays...Will make for happy and durable reading for anyone interested in the dynamic new directions of nineteenth-century American literary studies." —Nineteenth-Century Literature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199355891
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/02/2014
Series:
Oxford Handbooks Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
458
Sales rank:
525,342
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Russ Castronovo is is Dorothy Draheim Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of Beautiful Democracy: Aesthetics and Anarchy in a Global Era (University of Chicago Press, 2007); Necro Citizenship: Death, Eroticism, and the Public Sphere in the Nineteenth-Century United States (Duke UP, 2001), and Fathering the Nation: American Genealogies of Slavery and Freedom (University of California Press, 1996).

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