American Literary Studies: A Methodological Reader / Edition 1

American Literary Studies: A Methodological Reader / Edition 1

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American Literary Studies: A Methodological Reader / Edition 1

American Literary Studies: A Methodological Reader gathers together leading scholars of American literature to address the questions of methodology that have invigorated and divided their field: the rise of interdisciplinarity and the wealth of theoretical methods now available to the critic of American literature. Their engagement with these issues takes a unique form in this book: Each scholar has chosen a methodologically innovative essay, which he or she then introduces, explaining why it is both exemplary in its approach and central to the issues that most engage American literary scholarship today. The book includes both an introduction to the controversial interdisciplinary methods that have made American literary studies such a vibrant field, as well as groundbreaking scholarship on topics as diverse as James Fenimore Cooper, minstrel songs, and Lakota Indian stories.

This volume has been designed to serve as a starting point for teachers and students to explore the fundamental questions of American literary scholarship: What does "method" mean in literary studies? Which texts should it study? What makes literary study unique? What should literary scholarship do? American Literary Studies argues that these questions can only be answered through a discussion of the interdisciplinary methods currently in use by scholars today. Finally, an original introduction by Michael A. Elliott and Claudia Stokes explains why questions of method are crucial to American literary studies and how past scholars of American literature have tried to answer them.

Contributors include: Lauren Berlant, Russ Castronovo, Wai Chee Dimock, Ann duCille, Michael A. Elliott, Frances Smith Foster, Elaine A. Jahner, Rob Kroes, Arnold Krupat, Paul Lauter, Marilee Lindemann, W. T. Lhamon, Jr., Christopher J. Looby, David Palumbo-Liu, Roy Harvey Pearce, Lora Romero, Ramón Saldívar, Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, Werner Sollors, Claudia Stokes, Claudia Tate, Paula A. Treichler, Priscilla Wald, Michael Warner, Laura Wexler, Sau-ling C. Wong

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814722169
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 12/15/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 349
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Is Method and Why Does
It Matter?
Part One: History and Literature in America
1 Domesticating Virtue: Coquettes and Revolutionaries in Young America
2 Vanishing Americans: Gender, Empire, and New Historicism
3 Seeing Sentiment: Photography, Race, and the Innocent Eye
4 The Queen of America Goes to Washington City: Harriet Jacobs, Frances Harper, Anita Hill
Part Two: Reading “Culture”
5 Mass Culture/Popular Culture: Notes for a Humanist’s Primer
6 Dancing for Eels at Catherine Market
7 AIDS, Homophobia, and Biomedical Discourse: An Epidemic of Signi?cation
8 The Occult of True Black Womanhood
Part Three: Nationalism Reconsidered
9 The Mass Public and the Mass Subject
10 Traditional Narrative: Contemporary Uses, Historical Perspectives
11 The Stakes of Textual Border-Crossing: Hualing Nieh’s Mulberry and Peach in Sinocentric, Asian American, and Feminist Critical Practices
12 Americanization: What Are We Talking About?

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