A Companion to American Literature and Culture (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

A Companion to American Literature and Culture (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

By: Paul Lauter (author)Hardback

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This expansive Companion offers a set of fresh perspectives on the wealth of texts produced in and around what is now the United States. Highlights the diverse voices that constitute American literature, embracing oral traditions, slave narratives, regional writing, literature of the environment, and more Demonstrates that American literature was multicultural before Europeans arrived on the continent, and even more so thereafter Offers three distinct paradigms for thinking about American literature, focusing on: genealogies of American literary study; writers and issues; and contemporary theories and practices Enables students and researchers to generate richer, more varied and more comprehensive readings of American literature

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Paul Lauter is Allan K. and Gwendolyn Miles Smith Professor of Literature at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He has served as President of the American Studies Association (of the United States), and he is General Editor of the groundbreaking Heath Anthology of American Literature, now in its sixth edition.


List of Contributors xi

Introduction 1 Paul Lauter

Part A Genealogies of American Literary Study 7

1 The Emergence of the Literatures of the United States 9 Emory Elliott

2 Politics, Sentiment, and Literature in Nineteenth-CenturyAmerica 26 John Carlos Rowe

3 Making It New: Constructions of Modernism 40 Carla Kaplan

4 Academicizing American Literature 57 Elizabeth Renker

5 Cold War and Culture War 72 Christopher Newfield

6 Re-Historicizing Literature 96 T.V. Reed

7 Multiculturalism and Forging New Canons 110 Shelley Streeby

Part B Writers and Issues 123

8 Indigenous Oral Traditions of North America, Then and Now125 Lisa Brooks (Abenaki)

9 The New Worlds and the Old: Transatlantic Politics ofConversion 143 Susan Castillo and Ivy Schweitzer

10 Unspeakable Fears: Politics and Style in the Enlightenment160 Frank Shuffelton

11 Slave Narrative and Captivity Narrative: American Genres179 Gordon M. Sayre

12 The Early Republic: Forms and Readers 192 Trish Loughran

13 Indians Constructed and Speaking 206 Scott Richard Lyons

14 Sentiment and Style 221 Tara Penry

15 Transcendental Politics 237 Paul Lauter

16 Melville, Whitman, and the Tribulations of Democracy250 Betsy Erkkila

17 Emily Dickinson and Her Peers 284 Paula Bernat Bennett

18 Race and Literary Politics 316 Frances Smith Foster and Cassandra Jackson

19 American Regionalism 328 Susan K. Harris

20 Magazines and Fictions 339 Ellen Gruber Garvey

21 Realism and Victorian Protestantism in African AmericanLiterature 354 Phillip M. Richards

22 The Maturation of American Fictions 364 Gary Scharnhorst

23 Making It New: Constructions of Modernisms 377 Heinz Ickstadt

24 Wests, Westerns, Westerners 394 Martha Viehmann

25 The Early Modern Writers of the US South 410 John Lowe

26 Writers on the Left 427 Alan Wald

27 From Objectivism to the Haight 441 Charles Molesworth

28 New Aestheticisms: the Artfulness of Art 458 Stephen Burt

29 Drama in American Culture 478 Brenda Murphy

Part C Contemporary Theories and Practices 491

30 Constructions of Ethnicity and Diasporas 493 Aviva Taubenfeld

31 Narrating Terror and Trauma: Racial Formations and Homeland Security in Ethnic American Literature508 Shirley Geok-lin Lim

32 Feminisms and Literatures 528 Deborah S. Rosenfelt

33 Blackness/Whiteness 563 James Smethurst

34 Borderlands: Ethnicity, Multiculturalism, and Hybridity576 Ana Maria Manzanas and Jesus Benito Sanchez

35 Literature-and-Environment Studies and the Influence of theEnvironmental Justice Movement 593 Joni Adamson

36 Endowed by Their Creator: Queer American Literature 608 David Bergman

37 Contemporary Native American Fiction as Resistance Literature622 Arnold Krupat and Michael A. Elliott

38 From Virgin Land to Ground Zero: Interrogating theMythological Foundations of the Master Fiction of the Homeland Security State 637 Donald Pease

Afterword 655 Paul Lauter

Index 657

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/04/2007
  • ISBN13: 9780631208921
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 712
  • ID: 9780631208921
  • weight: 1378
  • ISBN10: 0631208925

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