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Nationalism and Literature

Nationalism and Literature
The Politics of Culture in Canada and the United States


Part of Cambridge Cultural Social Studies

  • Date Published: December 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521579124

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  • Sarah Corse's analysis of nearly two hundred American and Canadian novels offers a theory of national literatures. Demonstrating that national canon formation occurs in tandem with nation-building, and that canonical novels play a symbolic role in this, this 1996 book accounts for cross-national literary differences, addresses issues of mediation and representation in theories of 'reflection', and illuminates the historically constructed nature of the relationship between literature and the nation-state.

    • Offers a new social constructionist theory of how national literatures are created
    • Links nation-building and literary canon-formation
    • Nearly 200 high and popular culture novels analysed,with appendices of canonical novels, and literary prize-winners and bestellers
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521579124
    • length: 226 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • contains: 10 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: cultural fields and literary use
    2. Nation-building and the historical timing of a national literature in the United States
    3. Nation-building and the historical timing of a national literature in Canada
    4. The canonical novels: the politics of cultural nationalism
    5. The literary prize-winners: revision and renewal
    6. The bestsellers: the economics of publishing and the convergence of popular taste
    7. Literary meaning and cultural use

  • Author

    Sarah M. Corse, University of Virginia

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