Handbook of the American Novel of the Nineteenth Century

Russ Castronovo's The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature (2014) takes this further and radically abandons the attempt to structure literary history by formulating new master narratives; instead the volume collects ...

Author: Christine Gerhardt

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110481324

Category: Literary Criticism

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This handbook offers students and researchers a compact introduction to the nineteenth-century American novel in the light of current debates, theoretical concepts, and critical methodologies. The volume turns to the nineteenth century as a formative era in American literary history, a time that saw both the rise of the novel as a genre, and the emergence of an independent, confident American culture. A broad range of concise essays by European and American scholars demonstrates how some of America‘s most well-known and influential novels responded to and participated in the radical transformations that characterized American culture between the early republic and the age of imperial expansion. Part I consists of 7 systematic essays on key historical and critical frameworks ― including debates aboutrace and citizenship, transnationalism, environmentalism and print culture, as well as sentimentalism, romance and the gothic, realism and naturalism. Part II provides 22 essays on individual novels, each combining an introduction to relevant cultural contexts with a fresh close reading and the discussion of critical perspectives shaped by literary and cultural theory.

Handbook of the American Novel of the Nineteenth Century

This handbook offers students and researchers a compact introduction to nineteenth-century American novels in the light of current critical debates.



ISBN: 9783110480818

Category: Literary Criticism

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This handbook offers students and researchers a compact introduction to nineteenth-century American novels in the light of current critical debates. It provides an overview of key historical and critical frameworks, including slavery, transnationalism, environmentalism and print culture, sentimentalism, the gothic, realism and naturalism. Furthermore, 25 core American novels are discussed in detail.

Handbook of the American Novel of the Twentieth and Twenty First Centuries

The classic novels of the nineteenth century – James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking tales (1823–1841), Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter (1850), Herman Melville's Moby-Dick (1851), Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry ...

Author: Timo Müller

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110422549

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 469

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Increasing specialization within the discipline of English and American Studies has shifted the focus of scholarly discussion toward theoretical reflection and cultural contexts. These developments have benefitted the discipline in more ways than one, but they have also resulted in a certain neglect of close reading. As a result, students and researchers interested in such material are forced to turn to scholarship from the 1960s and 1970s, much of which relies on dated methodological and ideological presuppositions. The handbook aims to fill this gap by providing new readings of texts that figure prominently in the literature classroom and in scholarly debate − from James’s The Ambassadors to McCarthy’s The Road. These readings do not revert naively to a time “before theory.” Instead, they distil the insights of literary and cultural theory into concise introductions to the historical background, the themes, the formal strategies, and the reception of influential literary texts, and they do so in a jargon-free language accessible to readers on all levels of qualification.

The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth Century American Literature

Herbert Ross Brown's The Sentimental Novel in America (1940) treats this tradition as the “light reading” of “our ancestors” (3)—“our” meaning “American,” though the book acknowledges the transatlantic circulation of sentimental fiction ...

Author: Russ Castronovo

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199355894

Category: History

Page: 443

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The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature will offer a cutting-edge assessment of the period's literature, offering readers practical insights and proactive strategies for exploring novels, poems, and other literary creations.

American Literature in Transition 1820 1860 Volume 2

20 Rushdy, Neo-Slave Narratives, 39–40, and Martha Schoolman, “Martin Delany, Blake; or, The Huts of America (1859–1962),” in Handbook of the American Novel in the Nineteenth Century, ed. Christine Gerhardt (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018).

Author: Justine S. Murison

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108675565

Category: Literary Criticism


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The essays in American Literature in Transition, 1820-1860 offer a new approach to the antebellum era, one that frames the age not merely as the precursor to the Civil War but as indispensable for understanding present crises around such issues as race, imperialism, climate change, and the role of literature in American society. The essays make visible and usable the period's fecund imagined futures, futures that certainly included disunion but not only disunion. Tracing the historical contexts, literary forms and formats, global coordinates, and present reverberations of antebellum literature and culture, the essays in this volume build on existing scholarship while indicating exciting new avenues for research and teaching. Taken together, the essays in this volume make this era's literature relevant for a new generation of students and scholars.

The Twentieth Century American Fiction Handbook

Patrick O'Donnell, The American Novel Now: Reading Contemporary American Fiction since 1980 (Chichester, UK, 2010). A useful guide to some major strands of ... mid-nineteenth-century novels, but gives most space to 1983–2001.

Author: Christopher MacGowan

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405160233

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 410

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This student-friendly handbook provides an engaging overview of American fiction over the twentieth century, with entries on the important historical contexts and central issues, as well as the major texts and writers. Provides extensive coverage of short stories and short story writers as well as novels and novelists Discusses the cultural contexts and issues that shape the texts and their reputations Wide-ranging in scope, including science fiction and recent Native American writing Featured writers range from Henry James and Theodore Dresier to Toni Morrison, Don DeLillo, and Sherman Alexie Ideal student accompaniment to courses in Twentieth-Century American Literature or Fiction

Handbook of Latin American Literature Routledge Revivals

The historical development of the Spanish American novel since the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present is examined; particular emphasis is given to less studied authors. América latina en su literatura.

Author: David William Foster

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131751825X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 821

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First published in 1987 (this second edition in 1992), the Handbook of Latin American Literature offers readers the opportunity to explore this literary history in the English Language and constitutes an ideological approach to Latin American Literature. It provides both concise information concerning particular authors, works, and literary traditions of Latin America as well as comprehensive material about the various national literatures of the area. This book will therefore be of interest to Hispanic scholars, as well as more general readers and non-Hispanists.

A Handbook of American Literature

The Puritan heritage - Benjamin Franklin - Revolution and the young republic - The American Dream - Nathaniel Hawthorne - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; Poe and Whitman - Mark Twain - Henry James - Edith Wharton - Emily Dickinson - ...

Author: Martin Steele Day

Publisher: St. Lucia, Q. : University of Queensland Press


Category: American literature

Page: 661

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The Puritan heritage - Benjamin Franklin - Revolution and the young republic - The American Dream - Nathaniel Hawthorne - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; Poe and Whitman - Mark Twain - Henry James - Edith Wharton - Emily Dickinson - Contemporary America - Eugene O'Neill - Tennessee Williams ; Edward Albee - Robert Frost - Willa Cather - Vladimir Nabokov - Northrop Fry.

Handbook of the American Short Story

“Materiality in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literary Magazines.” Routledge Companion to the ... The Routledge Companion to Literature and Economics. ... The Intimacy of Paper in Early and Nineteenth-Century American Literature.

Author: Erik Redling

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110587645

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 712

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The American short story has always been characterized by exciting aesthetic innovations and an immense range of topics. This handbook offers students and researchers a comprehensive introduction to the multifaceted genre with a special focus on recent developments due to the rise of new media. Part I provides systematic overviews of significant contexts ranging from historical-political backgrounds, short story theories developed by writers, print and digital culture, to current theoretical approaches and canon formation. Part II consists of 35 paired readings of representative short stories by eminent authors, charting major steps in the evolution of the American short story from its beginnings as an art form in the early nineteenth century up to the digital age. The handbook examines historically, methodologically, and theoretically the coming together of the enduring narrative practice of compression and concision in American literature. It offers fresh and original readings relevant to studying the American short story and shows how the genre performs American culture.

The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature

Untold Stories (2009) by William Yellow Robe, Jr. In addition to the aforementioned works, two non-fiction texts that helped ... CT: Meridian Books, 1989); and Sherman, Joan R., Invisible Poets: Afro-Americans of the Nineteenth Century ...

Author: James H. Cox

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199914044

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 704

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Over the course of the last twenty years, Native American and Indigenous American literary studies has experienced a dramatic shift from a critical focus on identity and authenticity to the intellectual, cultural, political, historical, and tribal nation contexts from which these Indigenous literatures emerge. The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature reflects on these changes and provides a complete overview of the current state of the field. The Handbook's forty-three essays, organized into four sections, cover oral traditions, poetry, drama, non-fiction, fiction, and other forms of Indigenous American writing from the seventeenth through the twenty-first century. Part I attends to literary histories across a range of communities, providing, for example, analyses of Inuit, Chicana/o, Anishinaabe, and Métis literary practices. Part II draws on earlier disciplinary and historical contexts to focus on specific genres, as authors discuss Indigenous non-fiction, emergent trans-Indigenous autobiography, Mexicanoh and Spanish poetry, Native drama in the U.S. and Canada, and even a new Indigenous children's literature canon. The third section delves into contemporary modes of critical inquiry to expound on politics of place, comparative Indigenism, trans-Indigenism, Native rhetoric, and the power of Indigenous writing to communities of readers. A final section thoroughly explores the geographical breadth and expanded definition of Indigenous American through detailed accounts of literature from Indian Territory, the Red Atlantic, the far North, Yucatán, Amerika Samoa, and Francophone Quebec. Together, the volume is the most comprehensive and expansive critical handbook of Indigenous American literatures published to date. It is the first to fully take into account the last twenty years of recovery and scholarship, and the first to most significantly address the diverse range of texts, secondary archives, writing traditions, literary histories, geographic and political contexts, and critical discourses in the field.