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Where is American Literature? offers a spirited and compelling argument for rethinking the way we view American literature in relation to the nation while powerfully demonstrating why it continues to matter in a global age.
- A refreshing and accessible investigation into the various locations - linguistic, geographical, virtual, ideological - where American writing is produced and consumed
- Takes a highly original approach by viewing US literature spatially rather than chronologically or thematically, retuning our understanding of the subject
- The book offers a vital intervention in current debates over the impact of digital technologies on the production and reception of literature, ensuring that the field remains lively and dynamic
- Invites readers to reconsider the subject by questioning current perspectives on, and approaches to, US literature, offering a range of fresh perspectives on familiar texts and topics
About 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).
Table of Contents
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
What People are Saying About This
“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