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The Cambridge History of the American Novel

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Leonard Cassuto, Benjamin Reiss, Clare Virginia Eby, Paul Giles, Anna Mae Duane, Bryan Waterman, Ronald Zboray, Mary Saracino Zboray, Timothy Sweet, Sandra Gustafson, Winfried Fluck, Jonathan Arac, Hester Blum, Gregory S. Jackson, Milette Shamir, Cindy Weinstein, Elizabeth Young, Jennifer Greeson, John Ernest, Robert S. Levine, Michael Elliott, Carrie Tirado Bramen, Lawrence Buell, Nancy Glazener, Andrew Lawson, Jude Davies, Cecelia Tichi, David Zimmerman, Tim Prchal, Tom Lutz, Jennifer Fleissner, Robert Reid-Pharr, Barbara McCaskill, Donna Campbell, Stephanie LeMenager, Russ Castronovo, Gretchen Murphy, Elizabeth Nolan, Shelley Streeby, Denel Rehberg Sedo, Jonathan Levin, Sean Kiccumah Teuton, Ramón Saldívar, David Schmid, Barbara Hochman, Peter Nicholls, Robert Coover, Kirk Curnutt, Robert Chodat, Jan Baetens, Alan Wald, Maria Farland, Mark McGurl, Bruce Robbins, Rodrigo Lazo, Michael Hill, Susan Koshy, Valerie Babb, Walter Benn Michaels, David Mitchell, Sharon Snyder, Lovalerie King, Ursula Heise, Amy Hungerford, Candace Waid, Gregg Crane, James L. W. West III, Sean McCann, John Carlos Rowe, Priscilla Wald, Pamela Regis, Elizabeth Freeman, Julia Mickenberg, Robert Faggen, Andrew Hoberek, Catherine Jurca
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  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521899079

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  • This ambitious literary history traces the American novel from its emergence in the late eighteenth century to its diverse incarnations in the multi-ethnic, multi-media culture of the present day. In a set of original essays by renowned scholars from all over the world, the volume extends important critical debates and frames new ones. Offering new views of American classics, it also breaks new ground to show the role of popular genres – such as science fiction and mystery novels – in the creation of the literary tradition. One of the original features of this book is the dialogue between the essays, highlighting cross-currents between authors and their works as well as across historical periods. While offering a narrative of the development of the genre, the History reflects the multiple methodologies that have informed readings of the American novel and will change the way scholars and readers think about American literary history.

    • A chronological set of essays charting the development of the novel form in the United States
    • Balances coverage of canonical authors - Melville, Wharton, Dreiser - with attention to genre fiction and lesser known works
    • Contributors are in dialogue with each other, allowing different points of view to be aired
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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521899079
    • length: 1272 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 60 mm
    • weight: 2.1kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    General introduction
    Part I. Inventing the American Novel: Introduction
    1. Transatlantic currents and the invention of the American novel
    2. Susanna Rowson, Hannah Webster Foster, and the seduction novel in the early US
    3. Charles Brockden Brown and the novels of the early Republic
    4. The novel in the antebellum book market
    5. American land, American landscape, American novels
    6. Cooper and the idea of the Indian
    7. The nineteenth-century historical novel
    8. Hawthorne and the aesthetics of American romance
    9. Melville and the novel of the sea
    10. Religion and the nineteenth-century American novel
    11. Manhood in the early American novel
    12. Sentimentalism
    13. Supernatural novels
    14. Imagining the South
    15. Stowe, race and the antebellum American novel
    16. The early African American novel
    Part II. Realism, Protest, Accommodation: Introduction
    17. Realism and radicalism: the school of Howells
    18. James, pragmatism, and the realist ideal
    19. Theories of the American novel in the age of realism
    20. The novel in postbellum print culture
    21. Twain, class, and the Gilded Age
    22. Dreiser and the city
    23. Novels of civic protest
    24. Novels of American business, industry, and consumerism
    25. New Americans and the immigrant novel
    26. Cather and the regional imagination
    27. Wharton, marriage, and the new woman
    28. The postbellum racial novel
    29. The African American novel after Reconstruction
    30. Literary Darwinism and the rise of naturalism
    31. Imagining the frontier
    32. Imperialism, orientalism, and Empire
    33. The Hemispheric novel in the post-Revolutionary era
    34. The woman's novel beyond sentimentalism
    35. Dime novels and the rise of mass market genres
    36. Readers and reading groups
    Part III. Modernism and Beyond: Introduction
    37. Hemingway, Stein, and American modernisms
    38. The Great Gatsby and the 1920s
    39. Philosophy and the American novel
    40. Steinbeck and the proletarian novel
    41. The novel, mass culture, mass media
    42. Wright, Hurston, and the direction of the African American novel
    43. Ellison and Baldwin: aesthetics, activism, and the social order
    44. Religion and the twentieth-century American novel
    45. Faulkner and the Southern novel
    46. Law and the American novel
    47. Twentieth-century publishing and the rise of the paperback
    48. The novel of crime, mystery, and suspense
    49. US novels and US wars
    50. Science fiction
    51. Female genre fiction in the twentieth century
    52. Children's novels
    53. The American novel and the rise of the suburbs
    54. The Jewish great American novel
    55. The Beats and the 1960s
    56. Literary feminisms
    57. Reimagining genders and sexualities
    Part IV. Contemporary Formations: Introduction
    58. Postmodern novels
    59. The nonfiction novel
    60. Disability and the American novel
    61. Model minorities and the minority model – the neoliberal novel
    62. The American Borderlands novel
    63. The rise of the Asian American novel
    64. Toni Morrison and the post-Civil Rights African American novel
    65. Hemispheric American novels
    66. The worlding of the American novel
    67. The Native American tradition
    68. Eco-novels
    69. Graphic novels
    70. Twentieth- and twenty-first-century literary communities
    71. A history of the future of narrative
    A selected bibliography
    Index.

  • Editor

    Leonard Cassuto, Fordham University, New York
    Leonard Cassuto is Professor of English at Fordham University.

    Associate Editor

    Clare Virginia Eby, University of Connecticut
    Clare Virginia Eby is Professor of English at the University of Connecticut.

    Benjamin Reiss, Emory University, Atlanta
    Benjamin Reiss is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of English at Emory University.

    Contributors

    Leonard Cassuto, Benjamin Reiss, Clare Virginia Eby, Paul Giles, Anna Mae Duane, Bryan Waterman, Ronald Zboray, Mary Saracino Zboray, Timothy Sweet, Sandra Gustafson, Winfried Fluck, Jonathan Arac, Hester Blum, Gregory S. Jackson, Milette Shamir, Cindy Weinstein, Elizabeth Young, Jennifer Greeson, John Ernest, Robert S. Levine, Michael Elliott, Carrie Tirado Bramen, Lawrence Buell, Nancy Glazener, Andrew Lawson, Jude Davies, Cecelia Tichi, David Zimmerman, Tim Prchal, Tom Lutz, Jennifer Fleissner, Robert Reid-Pharr, Barbara McCaskill, Donna Campbell, Stephanie LeMenager, Russ Castronovo, Gretchen Murphy, Elizabeth Nolan, Shelley Streeby, Denel Rehberg Sedo, Jonathan Levin, Sean Kiccumah Teuton, Ramón Saldívar, David Schmid, Barbara Hochman, Peter Nicholls, Robert Coover, Kirk Curnutt, Robert Chodat, Jan Baetens, Alan Wald, Maria Farland, Mark McGurl, Bruce Robbins, Rodrigo Lazo, Michael Hill, Susan Koshy, Valerie Babb, Walter Benn Michaels, David Mitchell, Sharon Snyder, Lovalerie King, Ursula Heise, Amy Hungerford, Candace Waid, Gregg Crane, James L. W. West III, Sean McCann, John Carlos Rowe, Priscilla Wald, Pamela Regis, Elizabeth Freeman, Julia Mickenberg, Robert Faggen, Andrew Hoberek, Catherine Jurca

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