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A History of California Literature

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Paul Apodaca, Lisbeth Haas, Vincent Pérez, David Wyatt, Nicolas Witschi, Steven Pavlos Holmes, Aparajita Nanda, Catherine Fung, Manuel M. Martin-Rodriguez, Susan Shillingsaw, Jan Goggans, Geneva Gano, William Marling, Phillip Round, Kurt Hemmer, Kaplan Page Harris, Brian Kim Stefans, Charles Toombs, Anne Goldman, Cael Keegan, Michael Kowalewski, Nancy Cook, Lynn Mie Itagaki
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  • Date Published: May 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107052093

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  • Blake Allmendinger's A History of Californian Literature surveys the paradoxical image of the Golden State as a site of dreams and disenchantment, formidable beginnings and ruinous ends. This History encompasses the prismatic nature of California by exploring a variety of historical periods, literary genres, and cultural movements affecting the state's development, from the colonial era to the twenty-first century. Written by a host of leading historians and literary critics, this book offers readers insight into the tensions and contradictions that have shaped the literary landscape of California and also American literature generally.

    • The first critical anthology that covers the entirety of California literature; other critical anthologies have focused on specific periods or themes
    • Includes a rich diversity of mainstream and minority writers, literature and popular fiction, journalism, poetry, memoir, and autobiography
    • Is intended for everyone - not only students and specialists in the field, but general readers as well
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    • Date Published: May 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107052093
    • length: 441 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 159 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Tales of native California Paul Apodaca
    2. Indigenous peoples under colonial rule Lisbeth Haas
    3. Spanish and Mexican literature Vincent Pérez
    4. White explorers and travelers David Wyatt
    5. The gold rush Nicolas Witschi
    6. California nature writers Steven Pavlos Holmes
    7. The black frontier Aparajita Nanda
    8. California as political topography: Asian American literature before 1980 Catherine Fung
    9. Mexican American literature Manuel M. Martin-Rodriguez
    10. The protest fiction of Frank Norris, Upton Sinclair, Jack London, and John Steinbeck Susan Shillingsaw
    11. Dreams, denial, and Depression-era fiction Jan Goggans
    12. Modernism in the early twentieth century Geneva Gano
    13. The hard-boiled California novel William Marling
    14. Writing the hidden California Phillip Round
    15. The Beats Kurt Hemmer
    16. Bay area politics, 1944–81 Kaplan Page Harris
    17. Los Angeles poetry from the McCarthy to the punk eras Brian Kim Stefans
    18. African American uprising Charles Toombs
    19. Of carnales and coyotes: Chicana/o literature of California Anne Goldman
    20. Interracial relations: face and place in post-1980 Asian American literature King-Kok Cheung
    21. California and the queer utopian imagination:
    1981–2014 Cael Keegan
    22. Modern California nature writing Michael Kowalewski
    23. Making California's small towns and cities visible in the twenty-first century Nancy Cook
    24. Science fiction and mysterious worlds Lynn Mie Itagaki.

  • Editor

    Blake Allmendinger, University of California, Los Angeles
    Blake Allmendinger is Professor of American Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he specializes in literature of the American West. He is the author of The Cowboy: Representations of Labor in an American Work Culture; Ten Most Wanted: The New Western Literature; Imagining the African American West; and The Melon Capital of the World: A Memoir. He is also co-editor of Over the Edge: Remapping the American West, and has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    Contributors

    Paul Apodaca, Lisbeth Haas, Vincent Pérez, David Wyatt, Nicolas Witschi, Steven Pavlos Holmes, Aparajita Nanda, Catherine Fung, Manuel M. Martin-Rodriguez, Susan Shillingsaw, Jan Goggans, Geneva Gano, William Marling, Phillip Round, Kurt Hemmer, Kaplan Page Harris, Brian Kim Stefans, Charles Toombs, Anne Goldman, Cael Keegan, Michael Kowalewski, Nancy Cook, Lynn Mie Itagaki

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