By Robert Paul Lamb

ISBN-10: 047099682X

ISBN-13: 9780470996829

ISBN-10: 1405100648

ISBN-13: 9781405100649

A better half to American Fiction, 1865-1914 is a groundbreaking choice of essays written by way of prime critics for a large viewers of students, scholars, and common readers.

  • An quite broad-ranging and obtainable Companion to the examine of yank fiction of the post-civil battle interval and the early 20th century Brings jointly 29 essays by way of most sensible students, each one of which provides a synthesis of the easiest study and provides an unique standpoint
  • Divided into sections on historic traditions and genres, contexts and subject matters, and significant authors
  • Covers a mix of canonical and the non-canonical issues, authors, literatures, and significant methods
  • Explores leading edge issues, reminiscent of ecological literature and ecocriticism, children’s literature, and the effect of Darwin on fiction

Chapter 1 The perform and advertising of yankee Literary Realism (pages 15–34): Nancy Glazener
Chapter 2 pleasure and awareness within the Romance culture (pages 35–52): William J. Scheick
Chapter three The Sentimental and household Traditions, 1865–1900 (pages 53–76): Gregg Camfield
Chapter four Morality, Modernity, and “Malarial Restlessness”: American Realism in its Anglo?European Contexts (pages 77–95): Winfried Fluck
Chapter five American Literary Naturalism (pages 96–118): Christophe Den Tandt
Chapter 6 American Regionalism: neighborhood colour, nationwide Literature, international Circuits (pages 119–139): June Howard
Chapter 7 ladies Authors and the Roots of yank Modernism (pages 140–148): Linda Wagner?Martin
Chapter eight the fast tale and the Short?Story series, 1865–1914 (pages 149–174): J. Gerald Kennedy
Chapter nine Ecological Narrative and Nature Writing (pages 177–200): S. ok. Robisch
Chapter 10 “The Frontier Story”: The Violence of Literary historical past (pages 201–221): Christine Bold
Chapter eleven local American Narratives: Resistance and Survivance (pages 222–239): Gerald Vizenor
Chapter 12 Representing the Civil battle and Reconstruction: From Uncle Tom to Uncle Remus (pages 240–259): Kathleen Diffley
Chapter thirteen Engendering the Canon: Women's Narratives, 1865–1914 (pages 260–278): Grace Farrell
Chapter 14 Confronting the concern: African American Narratives (pages 279–295): Dickson D. Bruce
Chapter 15 Fiction's Many towns (pages 296–317): Sidney H. Bremer
Chapter sixteen Mapping the tradition of Abundance: Literary Narratives and client tradition (pages 318–339): Sarah means Sherman
Chapter 17 secrets and techniques of the Master's Deed field: Narrative and sophistication (pages 340–355): Christopher P. Wilson
Chapter 18 Ethnic Realism (pages 356–376): Robert M. Dowling
Chapter 19 Darwin, technology, and Narrative (pages 377–394): Bert Bender
Chapter 20 Writing within the “Vulgar Tongue”: legislations and American Narrative (pages 395–410): William E. Moddelmog
Chapter 21 making plans Utopia (pages 411–427): Thomas Peyser
Chapter 22 American kid's Narrative as Social feedback, 1865–1914 (pages 428–448): Gwen Athene Tarbox
Chapter 23 an idea of Order at harmony: Soul and Society within the brain of Louisa might Alcott (pages 451–467): John Matteson
Chapter 24 the United States Can holiday Your center: at the importance of Mark Twain (pages 468–498): Robert Paul Lamb
Chapter 25 William Dean Howells and the Bourgeois Quotidian: Affection, Skepticism, Disillusion (pages 499–517): Michael Anesko
Chapter 26 Henry James in a brand new Century (pages 518–535): John Carlos Rowe
Chapter 27 towards a Modernist Aesthetic: The Literary Legacy of Edith Wharton (pages 536–556): Candace Waid and Clare Colquitt
Chapter 28 Sensations of fashion: The Literary Realism of Stephen Crane (pages 557–571): William E. Cain
Chapter 29 Theodore Dreiser and the strength of the non-public (pages 572–585): Clare Virginia Eby

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I do not look for sudden wealth or poverty. I do not expect to fall in love with a princess, a beggar, or an opera-dancer. I can earn my bread, and am not exposed to great misery in any turn of the wheel of fortune. Is life, then, for me no longer worth living? . The right novel . . will show the manhood, not the childhood, of the race. It will not need to elaborate a black background of misfortune to serve as a foil for doubtful happiness, but will exhibit an activity so splendid that it must shine in relief upon the dingy gray of ordinary circumstances, duties, and relations.

As early as the 1850s, it is possible to trace the effects of this promotion on both authors and readers. For instance, each of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s four major novels is prefaced with some discussion of the author’s half-apologetic choice to pursue dreamy, moonlit romance. In his ‘‘Preface’’ to The House of the Seven Gables (1851) he claims that romance offers ‘‘a certain latitude, both as to its fashion and material,’’ in contrast to the Novel, which aims ‘‘at a very minute fidelity, not merely to the possible, but to the probable and ordinary course of man’s experience’’ (Hawthorne 1983: 351).

The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society, trans. Thomas Burger. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press. (First publ. ) Hawthorne, Nathaniel (1983). The House of the Seven Gables. In Nathaniel Hawthorne: Novels, ed. Millicent Bell, 347–628. New York: Library of America. Hopkins, Pauline E. (1988). Contending Force: A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South, intr. Richard A. Yarborough. New York: Oxford University Press. Howard, June (1985).

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