A History of American Literature (Wiley-Blackwell Histories of American Literature)

A History of American Literature (Wiley-Blackwell Histories of American Literature)

By: Linda Wagner-Martin (author)Hardback

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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, non-fiction, memoirs, science fiction, and detective novels * Features discussion of American works within the context of such 21st-century issues as globalization, medicine, gender, education, and other topics

About Author

Linda Wagner-Martin is Frank Borden Hanes Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. She is the recipient of Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Bunting Institute, and other fellowships, as well as holding the Hubbell Medal for American Literature. She writes widely on twentieth-century American literature, biography, women's writing, and pedagogy. Her publications include "Favored Strangers": Gertrude Stein and Her Family (1995), The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States and its anthology(1995), Sylvia Plath: A Literary Life (1999/2003), Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (2004), Barbara Kingsolver (2004), and Ernest Hemingway: A Literary Life (2007).


Illustrations ix Preface xi 1 Locating Contemporary Literature 1 American Poetry During the 1950s 13 A. Poems of the Mind and the Body 13 B. The Farthest Edge: The Beats and the Confessional School 19 American Theater During the 1950s 25 American Fiction During the 1950s 28 A. Fiction and the War 28 B. Class and Sexuality in the Novel 32 C. The Novel, Jewish and Southern 38 2 The Sixties and the Necessities of Change 47 Theater of the 1960s 53 African American Writing in the 1960s 58 1960s Fiction, Mainstream Markers 69 Feminism 74 3 Conventions and Eruptions 79 Poetry of the Anti-War and Feminist Years 81 Feminist Fictions 90 Postmodern Fictions 101 Science Fiction and Alternative Worlds 112 The New Journalism 123 Theater During the 1970s 129 4 New Ages and Old 139 Memoir: Another New Direction 142 Crime and Detective Fiction, American Style 150 Theater During the 1980s 168 5 The 1980s, Ethnicity and Change 175 Asian American Writing 178 Native American Writing 183 Mexican American Writing (i.e., Latino/Latina) 189 African American Writing 194 Poetry in the 1980s 203 Fiction in the 1980s 214 6 The 1990s and the Sexual 225 Sexual Preferences and Social/Legal Issues 227 Theater of the 1990s 235 The Poem at the Turn into the Twenty-First Century 242 Story at the Turn into the Twenty-First Century 250 Southern Literature at the Turn into the Twenty-First Century 260 7 The Twenty-First Century 277 The Story of 9/11 and Its Aftermath 286 Theater 2000 2010 307 Poetry 2000 2010 311 Memoir and Life-Writing 2000 2010 319 Fiction 2000 2010 326 References 353 Index 365

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  • ISBN13: 9781405192323
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 410
  • ID: 9781405192323
  • weight: 668
  • ISBN10: 1405192321

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