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A History of American Literature

Author: Richard Gray

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444345680

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 912

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Updated throughout and with much new material, A History of American Literature, Second Edition, is the most up-to-date and comprehensive survey available of the myriad forms of American Literature from pre-Columbian times to the present. The most comprehensive and up-to-date history of American literature available today Covers fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction, as well as other forms of literature including folktale, spirituals, the detective story, the thriller, and science fiction Explores the plural character of American literature, including the contributions made by African American, Native American, Hispanic and Asian American writers Considers how our understanding of American literature has changed over the past?thirty years Situates American literature in the contexts of American history, politics and society Offers an invaluable introduction to American literature for students at all levels, academic and general readers

A History of American Literature

1950 to the Present

Author: Linda Wagner-Martin

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119062527

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 416

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The History of American Literature from 1950 to the Present offers a comprehensive analysis of the wide range of literary works that extends into the 21st century Covers drama, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, science fiction, and detective novels Features discussion of American works within the context of such 21stcentury issues as globalization, medicine, gender, education, and other topics.

A History of American Literature

Author: Richard J. Gray

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780631221357

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 899

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This major new history of American literature from pre–Columbian times to the present is written in an informed but accessible style by one of the leading authorities in the field. A major new one–volume history of American literature from pre–Columbian times to the present. Extremely broad–ranging, taking in Native American, Anglo American, African American, Asian American and Hispanic American literature. Covers oral literature, folktales, spirituals, the blues, the western, the detective story, the thriller and science fiction, as well as canonical literature. Relates the history of American literature to American social and cultural history. Takes account of changes in critical and theoretical debates about literature in the last 30 years. Written by a leading international authority on American literature.

A Brief History of American Literature

Author: Richard Gray

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444392463

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 424

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A Brief History of American Literature offers students and general readers a concise and up-to-date history of the full range of American writing from its origins until the present day. Represents the only up-to-date concise history of American literature Covers fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction, as well as looking at other forms of literature including folktales, spirituals, the detective story, the thriller and science fiction Considers how our understanding of American literature has changed over the past twenty years Offers students an abridged version of History of American Literature, a book widely considered the standard survey text Provides an invaluable introduction to the subject for students of American literature, American studies and all those interested in the literature and culture of the United States

A History of American Literature

Author: Percy H. Boynton

Publisher: GINN AND COMPANY

ISBN: N.A

Category: American literature

Page: 610

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A History of American Literature In its beginnings American literature differs from the literatures of most other great nations; it was a transplanted thing. It sprang in a way like Minerva, full-armed from the head of Jove,—Jove in this case being England, and the armor being the heritage which the average American colonist had secured in England before he crossed the Atlantic. In contrast, Greek, Roman, French, German, English, and the other less familiar literatures can all be more or less successfully traced back to primitive conditions. Their early life was interwoven with the growth of the language and the progress of a rude civilization, and their earliest products which have come down to us were not results of authorship as we know it to-day. They were either folk poetry, composed perhaps and certainly enjoyed by the people in groups and accompanied by group singing and dancing,—like the psalms and the simpler ballads,—or they were the record of folk tradition, slowly and variously developed through generations and finally collected into a continuous story like the Iliad, the Æneid, the “Song of Roland,” the “Nibelungenlied,” and “Beowulf.” They were composed by word of mouth and not reduced to writing for years or generations, and they were not put into print until centuries after they were current in speech or transcribed by monks and scholars.

A History of American Literature

Author: Moses Coit Tyler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American literature

Page: N.A

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A History of American Literature Since 1870

Author: Fred Lewis Pattee

Publisher: D. APPLETON-CENTURY COMPANY

ISBN: N.A

Category: American literature

Page: 468

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A History of American Literature Since 1870 It has been our object to determine this new period and to study its distinguishing characteristics. We have divided the literary history of the century into three periods, denominating them as the Knickerbocker Period, the New England Period, and the National Period, and we have made the last to begin shortly after the close of the Civil War with those new forces and new ideals and broadened views that grew out of that mighty struggle. The field is a new one: no other book and no chapter of a book has ever attempted to handle it as a unit. It is an important one: it is our first really national period, all-American, autochthonic. It was not until after the war that our writers ceased to imitate and looked to their own land for material and inspiration. The amount of its literary product has been amazing. There have been single years in which have been turned out more volumes than were produced during all of the Knickerbocker Period. The quality of this output has been uniformly high. In 1902 a writer in Harper's Weekly while reviewing a book by Stockton dared even to say: "He belonged to that great period between 1870 and 1890 which is as yet the greatest in our literary history, whatever the greatness of any future time may be." The statement is strong, but it is true. Despite Lowell's statement, it was not until after the Civil War that America achieved in any degree her literary independence. One can say of the period what one may not say of earlier periods, that the great mass of its writings could have been produced nowhere else but in the United States. They are redolent of the new spirit of America: they are American literature. In our study of this new national period we have considered only those authors who did their first distinctive work before 1892. Of that large group of writers born after the beginning of the period and borne into their work by forces that had little connection with the great primal impulses that came from the Civil War and the expansion period that followed, we have said nothing. We have given the names of a few of them at the close of chapter 17, but their work does not concern our study. We have limited ourselves also by centering our attention upon the three literary forms, poetry, fiction, and the essay. History we have neglected largely for the reasons given at the opening of chapter 18, and the drama for the reason that before 1892 there was produced no American drama of any literary value.

A History of American Literature, Vol. 3 (Classic Reprint)

Author: William Peterfield Trent

Publisher: Forgotten Books

ISBN: 9780365107897

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 484

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Excerpt from A History of American Literature, Vol. 3 Period to which the volumes are specifically devoted. They are placed here partly because it has been found convenient to hold them till the last, inasmuch as they deal with large groups of writers not readily classified elsewhere, and also because in almost every case the bulk of the material discussed in them was produced after 1850. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

From Puritanism to Postmodernism

A History of American Literature

Author: Richard Ruland,Malcolm Bradbury

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317234146

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 470

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Widely acknowledged as a contemporary classic that has introduced thousands of readers to American literature, From Puritanism to Postmodernism: A History of American Literature brilliantly charts the fascinating story of American literature from the Puritan legacy to the advent of postmodernism. From realism and romanticism to modernism and postmodernism it examines and reflects on the work of a rich panoply of writers, including Poe, Melville, Fitzgerald, Pound, Wallace Stevens, Gwendolyn Brooks and Thomas Pynchon. Characterised throughout by a vibrant and engaging style it is a superb introduction to American literature, placing it thoughtfully in its rich social, ideological and historical context. A tour de force of both literary and historical writing, this Routledge Classics edition includes a new preface by co-author Richard Ruland, a new foreword by Linda Wagner-Martin and a fascinating interview with Richard Ruland, in which he reflects on the nature of American fiction and his collaboration with Malclolm Bradbury. It is published here for the first time.

A History of American Literature

Author: Fred Lewis Pattee

Publisher: Sagwan Press

ISBN: 9781376521863

Category: History

Page: 472

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The Cambridge History of American Literature: Volume 8, Poetry and Criticism, 1940-1995

Author: Sacvan Bercovitch,Cyrus R. K. Patell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521497336

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 545

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Discusses the social, cultural, intellectual, and aesthetic aspects of American literature

A History of American Literature

Author: William Peterfield Trent,John Erskine,Carl Van Doren

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

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The Cambridge History of American Literature

1590-1820. Vol. 1

Author: Sacvan Bercovitch,Cyrus R. K. Patell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521585712

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 829

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Discusses the social, cultural, intellectual, and aesthetic aspects of American literature

A History of American Literature

During the Colonial Period 1607-1765 (Classic Reprint)

Author: Moses Coit Tyler

Publisher: Forgotten Books

ISBN: 9780656015962

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 654

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Excerpt from A History of American Literature: During the Colonial Period 1607-1765 IT is my purpose to write the history of American literature from the earliest English settlements in this country, down to the present time. I hope to accomplish the work within the space of three or four volumes. Each of these volumes will cover a distinct period in the intel lectual life of the American people; and while between the several volumes there will exist the tie of mutual interpretation and of historical consecutiveness, it is in tended that each shall be, with reference to the epoch which it portrays, a complete and independent work. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

The Cambridge History of American Literature: Volume 2, Prose Writing 1820-1865

Author: Sacvan Bercovitch,Cyrus R. K. Patell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521301060

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 944

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This is the fullest and richest account of the American Renaissance available in any literary history. The narratives in this volume made for a four-fold perspective on literature: social, cultural, intellectual and aesthetic. Michael D. Bell describes the social conditions of the literary vocation that shaped the growth of a professional literature in the United States. Eric Sundquist draws upon broad cultural patterns: his account of the writings of exploration, slavery, and the frontier is an interweaving of disparate voices, outlooks and traditions. Barbara L. Packer's sources come largely from intellectual history: the theological and philosophical controversies that prepared the way for transcendentalism. Jonathan Arac's categories are formalist: he sees the development of antebellum fiction as a dialectic of prose genres, the emergence of a literary mode out of the clash of national, local and personal forms. Together, these four narratives constitute a basic reassessment of American prose-writing between 1820 and 1865. It is an achievement that will remain authoritative for our time and that will set new directions for coming decades in American literary scholarship.

A History of American Literature

With a View to the Fundamental Principles Underlying Its Development; A Text-Book for Schools and Colleges (Classic Reprint)

Author: Fred Lewis Pattee

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781331102977

Category: History

Page: 498

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Excerpt from A History of American Literature: With a View to the Fundamental Principles Underlying Its Development; A d104-Book for Schools and Colleges In the preparation of this history of the rise and development of American literature the author has had clearly in mind the limitations to which every textbook on literature must be subject. Such a work can be at best only directive. It can trace the influences of race, environment, and epoch, and indicate causes and results; it can insist that the student follow the logical order, rejecting everything not worthy of his attention and emphasizing sufficiently the emphatic points; it can furnish him with a plan for estimating the personality and influence of each individual author; but more it cannot do. No one ever learned literature from a text-book, not even when it was supplemented by copious extracts from the authors considered. Fragments of an author's writings, like fragments of any work of art, give only vague ideas of the whole. He who has studied merely "Thanatopsis" or "Evangeline" knows very little of Bryant or Longfellow. A knowledge of "Rip Van Winkle" provides the key to only a very small part of Irving's domain. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

The Cambridge History of American Literature: Volume 7, Prose Writing, 1940-1990

Author: Sacvan Bercovitch,Cyrus R. K. Patell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521497329

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 800

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Discusses the social, cultural, intellectual, and aesthetic aspects of American literature

The Noises of American Literature, 1890-1985

Toward a History of Literary Acoustics

Author: Philipp Schweighauser

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780813029474

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

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Schweighauser traces the acoustic imagination of American literature from naturalism to postmodernism. He reads the noises writers represent as fictional responses to the social, cultural, and political changes and conflicts of modernity and postmodernity. Exploring the social functions of literature, he also suggests that literature itself, in its constant search for new language forms, has become a source of revitalizing noise in the channels of cultural communication. The author provides substantial new readings of a broad range of canonical texts, from the naturalism of Theodore Dreiser, Frank Norris, and Stephen Crane to the modernism of Jean Toomer, Zora Neale Hurston, John Dos Passos, and Djuna Barnes, to the postmodernism of Thomas Pynchon, Ishmael Reed, and Don DeLillo. Across almost 100 years of literary history, he listens to the hum of traffic and the fracas of war and to immigrant accents and African-American vocalization. From the late 19th-century writers' often anxious responses to the new soundscapes brought about by industrialization and urbanization, to the modernists' decision to let the noises of social discontent seep into the very forms of their texts, to late 20th-century literary oscillations between acoustic mysticism and ecological critique, he shows that changing representations of sound indicate writers' stances on issues of class, gender, and race. Drawing on soundscape studies, systems theory, sociology, media archaeology, and literary theory, this book explores the acoustic worlds and changing social functions of American literature.

A Short History of American Literature

Author: William Peterfield Trent,John Erskine,Stuart P. Sherman,Carl Van Doren

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107554209

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 446

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Originally published in 1924, this book presents a historical guide to American literature, from the colonial era through to the late nineteenth century. The text is broad in scope, incorporating studies of philosophical, historical and political writers, alongside detailed accounts of key literary figures such as Poe and Whitman. A comprehensive bibliography is also included. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in literary criticism and the history of American literature.

A History of American Literature, Vol. 1

1607 1676 (Classic Reprint)

Author: Moses Coit Tyler

Publisher: Forgotten Books

ISBN: 9780267554072

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 314

View: 3026

Excerpt from A History of American Literature, Vol. 1: 1607 1676 IN the two volumes here devoted to the History of American Literature prior to the American Revolution, I have not undertaken to give either a dictionary of all Colo. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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