Using the lens of business history to contextualize the development of an American literary tradition, Truth Stranger than Fiction shows how African American literature and culture greatly influenced the development of realism, which remains one of the most significant genres of writing in the United States. More specifically, Truth Stranger than Fiction traces the influences of generic conventions popularized in slave narratives - such as the use of authenticating details, as well as dialect, and a frank treatment of the human body - in later realist writings. As it unfolds, Truth Stranger than Fiction poses and explores a set of questions about the shifting relationship between literature and culture in the United States from 1830-1930 by focusing on the evolving trend of literary realism. Beginning with the question, 'How might slave narratives - heralded as the first indigenous literature by Theodore Parker - have influenced the development of American Literature?' the book develops connections between an emerging literary marketplace, the rise of the professional writer, and literary realism.
|Publisher:||Palgrave Macmillan US|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)|
About the Author
Augusta Rohrbach holds a joint appointment at the Bunting Fellowship Program and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University.
Table of ContentsIntroduction: From Sentiment to Sentience Truth Stranger and Stronger than Fiction: Re-examining William Lloyd Garrison's Liberator Making it Real: The Impact of Slave Narratives on the Literary Marketplace The Strange Disappearance of Rose Terry Cooke and the Eclipse of American Realism William Dean Howells Without his Moustache To Be Continued: Double Identity, Multiplicity, and Antigenealogy as Narrative Strategies in Pauline Hopkins' Magazine Fiction The Manner of the Marketplace: Edith Wharton as a Race Writer Keeping it Real: James Weldon Johnson and the Literary Marketplace