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

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

By: Alfred Bendixen (editor)Paperback

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Featuring 37 essays by distinguished literary scholars, A Companion to the American Novel provides a comprehensive single-volume treatment of the development of the novel in the United States from the late 18th century to the present day. * Represents the most comprehensive single-volume introduction to this popular literary form currently available * Features 37 contributions from a wide range of distinguished literary scholars * Includes essays on topics and genres, historical overviews, and key individual works, including The Scarlet Letter, Moby Dick, The Great Gatsby, Beloved, and many more.

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Alfred Bendixen teaches American literature at Princeton University, USA, and is the founder and Executive Director of the American Literature Association. His books include The Cambridge History of American Poetry (co-edited with Stephen Burt, 2014), A Companion to the American Short Story (co-edited with James Nagel, Wiley Blackwell, 2010), The Cambridge Companion to American Travel Writing (co-edited with Judith Hamera, 2009), Edith Wharton: New Critical Essays (co-edited with Annette Zilversmit, 1992), The Amber Gods and Other Stories by Harriet Prescott Spofford (1989), an edition of the composite novel The Whole Family (1986), and Haunted Women (1985).


Notes on Contributors ix Preface xix Acknowledgments xxi A Chronology of the American Novel xxii Part I: Historical Developments 1 1 The Development of the American Novel: The Transformations of Genre 3 Alfred Bendixen 2 The American Novel: Beginnings Through the American Renaissance 19 Maria Karafilis 3 The American Novel: Realism and Naturalism (1860-1920) 42 Jeanne Campbell Reesman 4 Modernism and the American Novel 60 Peter L. Hays 5 Beyond Modernism: The American Novel Between the World Wars 76 Alfred Bendixen 6 The Cold War Novel: The American Novel Between 1945-1970 90 Sharon Becker and Wendy Martin 7 The Novel in a Changing America: Multiculturalism and Other Issues (1970-Present) 109 Martha J. Cutter Part II: Genres and Traditions 127 8 Fear, Ambiguity, and Transgression: The Gothic Novel in the United States 129 Charles L. Crow 9 The American Historical Romance: From James Fenimore Cooper and Nathaniel Hawthorne to Toni Morrison, Louise Erdrich, and E. L. Doctorow 147 Emily Miller Budick 10 Making This Whole Nation Feel: The Sentimental Novel in the United States 170 Marianne Noble 11 Social Protest, Reform, and the American Political Novel 187 Chip Rhodes 12 The American War Novel Tradition and the Individual Soldier 206 James H. Meredith 13 From the Sublime to the Ridiculous: Comic Traditions in the American Novel 218 Judith Yaross Lee 14 Plotting a Way Home: The Jewish American Novel 241 Derek Parker Royal 15 Chicano/a Traditions in the American Novel 259 Juan J. Alonzo 16 African American Traditions and the American Novel 274 Melvin Donalson 17 The American Novel of Mystery, Crime, and Detection 291 Leonard Cassuto 18 O Brave New Worlds: Science Fiction and the American Novel 309 Eric S. Rabkin 19 Dreaming of a White Future: Mary E. Bradley Lane, Edward Bellamy, and the Origins of the Utopian Novel in the United States 323 Jean Pfaelzer 20 Queer Theory and the American Novel 342 Deborah Carlin 21 The American Short-Story Cycle: Out From the Novel's Shadow 357 Robert M. Luscher Part III: Major Texts 373 22 The Woman's Law in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter 375 Monika Elbert 23 Writ in Water: The Books of Melville's Moby-Dick 394 Wyn Kelley 24 Wonder of Wonders: Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin 408 Susan Belasco 25 Citational Strategies and Literary Traditions: Placing Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady 422 Greg W. Zacharias 26 Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Child's Search for Comfort and Peace 443 Michael J. Kiskis 27 What Women Want: Kate Chopin's The Awakening 454 Emily Toth 28 Private Fleming's Various Battles: Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage 465 James Nagel 29 Lily's Story: Edith Wharton's House of Mirth 475 Kathy Fedorko 30 The Confessional Narration of Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises 488 James Nagel 31 Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and the Myth of the Land 499 Richard Lehan 32 Ground Zero: Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury 510 Philip Weinstein 33 A Bigger Vision: Richard Wright's Native Son and the Great American Novel 525 Andrew Warnes 34 Our Invisible Man: The Aesthetic Genealogy of US Diversity 537 John Carlos Rowe 35 The Visionary Exuberance of Saul Bellow's The Adventures of Augie March 554 Ben Siegel 36 The Flesh and the Word: Toni Morrison's Beloved 570 Valerie Smith 37 A Different Kind of Love Story: Cormac McCarthy's The Road 582 Olivia Carr Edenfield Selected Readings in the Genres of the American Novel 598 Index 610

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  • publication date: 07/11/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781118917480
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 704
  • ID: 9781118917480
  • weight: 1062
  • ISBN10: 1118917480

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