Where is American Literature?

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Where is American Literature explores how American literature emerged over space as well as over time, asking us in the process to reconsider familiar stories of national literary development and culture. The book explores the history of the idea of American literature, as a series of collaborations, and points to future directions of study in the field. It shows how distinctive geographic areas constitute a dynamic range of literary practices and movements that come to comprise American writing, and deconstructs...

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Overview

Where is American Literature explores how American literature emerged over space as well as over time, asking us in the process to reconsider familiar stories of national literary development and culture. The book explores the history of the idea of American literature, as a series of collaborations, and points to future directions of study in the field. It shows how distinctive geographic areas constitute a dynamic range of literary practices and movements that come to comprise American writing, and deconstructs the routine chronological divisions usually made in the field.

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"Clearly written and cogently argued." (Choice, 1 December 2013)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405192361
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/20/2013
  • Series: Wiley-Blackwell Manifestos Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 210
  • Sales rank: 1,392,635
  • Product dimensions: 14.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Caroline F. Levander is the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Initiatives, Carlson Professor in the Humanities, and Professor of English at Rice University. Levander is author of, amongst others, Voices of the Nation: Women and Public Speech in Nineteenth-Century American Culture and Literature (Cambridge University Press, 1998, paperback reprint 2009), and Cradle of Liberty: Race, the Child and National Belonging from Thomas Jefferson to W.E.B. Du Bois (Duke University Press, 2006).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: Discovering American Literature 1

PART I Places 33

In the Eye of the Beholder 35

On the Edge 63

PART II Environments 89

In the Cloud 91

In the House 114

PART III Communities 135

At the Club 137

Under Enemy Fire 157

Conclusion: Home As Found 182

Suggested Further Reading 190

Index 199

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