Where is American Literature?

Where is American Literature?

by Caroline F. Levander
     
 

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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

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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 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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ISBN-13:
9781405192361
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/20/2013
Series:
Wiley-Blackwell Manifestos Series
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
14.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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“The idea of viewing US literature spatially rather than chronologically or thematically is daringly innovative and utterly convincing.”
Richard Gray, University of Essex

“Where Is American Literature? is an engaging read that will stir debate and discussion. The depth of its challenge does not stop in asking us to reconsider the field: it also invites us to examine where we are when we take up the subject of American literature.  This reexamination of our motives and investments can change the professional and political positions that readers see themselves inhabiting.  Difficult work in some cases, to be sure. Lucky for us, then, that Levander has made this pursuit so energetic and enlivening.”
Russ Castronovo, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Written in a lively, conversational tone, this is that rare work of criticism that manages to be at once illuminating and pleasurable to read.  Where is American Literature? is bound to become a regular on course syllabi, but also a go-to book for curious readers seeking to educate themselves about the state of American literary studies today.”
Rachel Adams, Columbia University

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