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The American Novel 1870-1940: Volume 6
     

The American Novel 1870-1940: Volume 6

by Priscilla Wald (Editor), Michael A. Elliott (Editor)
 

Witnessing the end of a war that nearly terminated the nation, the abolition of racial slavery and rise of legal segregation, the rise of Modernism and Hollywood, the closing of the frontier and two World Wars, the literary historical period represented in this volume constitutes the crucible of American literary history. Here, 35 essays by top researchers in the

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Witnessing the end of a war that nearly terminated the nation, the abolition of racial slavery and rise of legal segregation, the rise of Modernism and Hollywood, the closing of the frontier and two World Wars, the literary historical period represented in this volume constitutes the crucible of American literary history. Here, 35 essays by top researchers in the field detail how considerations of race and citizenship; immigration and assimilation; gender and sexuality; nationalism and empire; all reverberate throughout novels written in the United States between 1870 and 1940. Contributors discuss the professionalization of literary production after the Civil War alongside legal and political debates over segregation and citizenship; while chapters on journalism, geography, religion, and immigration offer discussions on everything from the lasting role of literary realism in American fiction to the Spanish-American War's effect on developing theories of aesthetics and popular culture. The volume offers thorough coverage of the emergence of serial fiction, children's fiction, crime and detective fiction, science fiction, and even cinema and comics, as new media and artistic revolutions like the Harlem Renaissance helped usher in the new international aesthetic movement of Modernism. The final chapters in the volume explore the relationship of the novel to the emergence of "American literature" as a category in the academy, in public criticism and journalism, and in mass culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195385342
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/14/2014
Series:
Oxford History of the Novel in English Series , #6
Pages:
656
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 2.00(d)

Meet the Author

Michael A. Elliott is Professor of English at Emory University. He is the author of The Culture Concept: Writing and Difference in the Age of Realism (Minnesota, 2002) and Custerology: The Enduring Legacy of the Indian Wars and George Armstrong Custer (Chicago, 2007). Priscilla Wald is Professor of English and Women's Studies at Duke University. She is the author of Constituting Americans: Cultural Anxiety and Narrative Form (Duke, 1995) and Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative (Duke, 2008).

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