A New Literary History of America (Harvard University Press Reference Library)

A New Literary History of America (Harvard University Press Reference Library)

By: Werner Sollors (editor), Greil Marcus (editor)Hardback

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America is a nation making itself up as it goes along - a story of discovery and invention unfolding in speeches and images, letters and poetry, unprecedented feats of scholarship and imagination. In these myriad, multiform, endlessly changing expressions of the American experience, the authors and editors of this volume find a new American history. In more than two hundred original essays, "A New Literary History of America" brings together the nation's many voices. From the first conception of a New World in the sixteenth century to the latest re-envisioning of that world in cartoons, television, science fiction, and hip hop, the book gives us a new, kaleidoscopic view of what 'Made in America' means. Literature, music, film, art, history, science, philosophy, political rhetoric - cultural creations of every kind appear in relation to each other, and to the time and place that give them shape. The meeting of minds is extraordinary as T.J. Clark writes on Jackson Pollock, Paul Muldoon on Carl Sandburg, Camille Paglia on Tennessee Williams, Sarah Vowell on Grant Wood's "American Gothic", Walter Mosley on hard-boiled detective fiction, Jonathan Lethem on Thomas Edison, Gerald Early on Tarzan, Bharati Mukherjee on "The Scarlet Letter", Gish Jen on "Catcher in the Rye", and Ishmael Reed on Huckleberry Finn. From Anne Bradstreet and John Winthrop to Philip Roth and Toni Morrison, from Alexander Graham Bell and Stephen Foster to Alcoholics Anonymous, Life, Chuck Berry, Alfred Hitchcock, and Ronald Reagan, this is America singing, celebrating itself, and becoming something altogether different, plural, singular, and new.

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About Author

Greil Marcus is the author of Lipstick Traces, The Dustbin of History (both from Harvard), and The Shape of Things to Come, The Old, Weird America, Mystery Train, and other books. Werner Sollors is Henry B. and Anne M. Cabot Professor of English Literature and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.

Contents

Timeline Introduction
Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors
1507 The name "America" appears on a map
Toby Lester 1521, August 13 Mexico in America
Kirsten Silva Gruesz
1536, July 24 Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca
Ilan Stavans 1585 "Counterfeited according to the truth"
Michael Gaudio
1607 Fear and love in the Virginia colony
Adam Goodheart 1630 A city upon a hill
Elizabeth Winthrop
1643 A nearer neighbor to the Indians
Ted Widmer 1666, July 10 Anne Bradstreet
Wai Chee Dimock
1670 The American jeremiad
Emory Elliott 1670 The stamp of God's image
Jason D. LaFountain
1673 The Jesuit relations
Laurent Dubois 1683 Francis Daniel Pastorius
Alfred L. Brophy
1692 The Salem witchcraft trials
Susan Castillo 1693--94, March 4 Edward Taylor
Werner Sollors
1700 Samuel Sewall, The Selling of Joseph
David Blight 1722 Benjamin Franklin, The Silence Dogood Letters
Joyce E. Chaplin
1740 The Great Awakening
Joanne van der Woude 1740s, September 13-14 1814, Yankee Doodle goes to town; Francis Scott Key writes The Star-Spangled Banner 1765, December 23 Michel-Guillaume Jean de Crevecoeur
Leo Damrosch
1773, September Phillis Wheatley
Rafia Zafar 1776 The Declaration of Independence
Frank Kelleter
1784, June Charles Willson Peale
Michael Leja 1787 James Madison, Notes of the Debates in the Federal Convention
Mitchell Meltzer
1787--1790 John Adams, Discourses on Davila
John Diggins 1791 Philip Freneau and The National Gazette
Jefrey L. Pasley
1796 Washington's farewell address
Francois Furstenberg 1798 Mary Rowlandson and the Alien and Sedition Acts
Nancy Armstrong
1798 American gothic
Marc Amfreville 1801, March 4 Jefferson's first inaugural address
Jan Ellen Lewis
1804, January The matter of Haiti
Kaiama Glover 1809 Cupola of the world
Judith Richardson
1819 The Missouri crisis
John Stauffer 1820, November 27 Landscape with birds
Christoph Irmscher
1821 Sequoyah, the Cherokee syllabary
Lisa Brooks 1821, June 30 Junius Brutus Booth
Coppelia Kahn
1822 Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, the Ojibwe firefly, and Longfellow's Hiawatha
David Treuer 1825, November Thomas Cole and the Hudson River
Alan Wallach
1826, July 4 Songs of the republic
Steve Erickson 1826 Cooper's Leatherstocking tales
Richard Hutson
1826; 1927 Transnational poetry
Stephen Burt 1827 Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon
Terryl L. Givens
1828 David Walker, Appeal, in Four Articles
Tommie Shelby 1830, May 21 Jump Jim Crow
W. T. Lhamon, Jr.
1831, March 5 The Cherokee Nation decision
Philip Deloria 1832, July 10 President Jackson's bank veto
Dan Feller
1835, January Democracy in America
Ted Widmer 1835 William Gilmore Simms, The Yemasseee
Jefrey Johnson
1835 The Sacred Harp
Sean Wilentz 1836, February 23--March 6 The Alamo and Texas border writing
Norma E. Cantu
1836, February 28 Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
Kirsten Silva Gruesz 1837, August 31 Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The American Scholar"
James Conant
1838, July 15 "The Divinity School Address"
Herwig Friedl 1838, September 3 The slave narrative
Caille Millner
1841 "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"
Robert Clark 1846, June James Russell Lowell's Biglow Papers
Shelley Streeby
1846, late July Henry David Thoreau
Jonathan Arac 1850 The Scarlet Letter
Bharati Mukherje
1850, July 19 Margaret Fuller and the Transcendentalist Movement
Lawrence Buell 1850, August 5 Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville
Clark Blaise 1851, Moby-Dick 1851 Uncle Tom's Cabin
Beverly Lowry
1852 Hawthorne's Blithedale Romance and utopian communities
Winfried Fluck 1852, July 5 Frederick Douglass, "What to the slave is the Fourth of July?"
Liam Kennedy
1854, March Maria Cummins and sentimental fiction
Cindy Weinstein 1855 Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
Angus Fletcher
1858 The Lincoln-Douglas debates
Michael T. Gilmore 1859 The science of the Indian
Scott Richard Lyons
1861 Emily Dickinson
Susan Stewart 1862, December 13 The journeys of Little Women
Shirley Samuels
1865, March 4 Lincoln's second inaugural address
Ted Widmer 1865 "Conditions of repose"
Robin Kelsey
1869, March 4 Carl Schurz
Michael Boyden 1872, November 5 All men and women are created equal
Laura Wexler
1875 The Winchester Rifle
Merritt Roe Smith 1876, January 6 Melville in the dark
Kenneth W. Warren
1876, March 10 The art of telephony
Avital Ronell 1878 "How to Make Our Ideas Clear"
Christopher Hookway
1879 John Muir and nature writing
Scott Slovic 1881, January 24 Henry James, Portrait of a Lady
Alide Cagidemetrio
1884 Mark Twain's hairball
Ishmael Red 1884, July The Linotype machine
Lisa Gitelman
1884, November The Southwest imagined
Leah Dilworth 1885 The problem of error
James Conant
1885, July Limits to violence
James Dawes 1885, October Writing New Orleans
Andrei Codrescu 1888, The introduction of motion pictures 1889, August 28 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Yael Schacher
1893 Chief Simon Pokagon and Native American literature
David Treuer 1895 Ida B. Wells, A Red Record
Jacqueline Goldsby
1896 Paul Laurence Dunbar, Lyrics of Lowly Life
Judith Jackson Fossett 1896, September 6 Queen Lili'uokalani
Rob Wilson
1897, Memorial Day The Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Regiment Monument
Richard Powers 1898, June 22 Literature and imperialism
Amy Kaplan
1899; 1924 McTeague and Greed
Gilberto Perez 1900 Henry Adams
T. J. Jackson Lears
1900 The Wizard of Oz
Gerald Early 1900; 1905 Sister Carrie and The House of Mirth
Farah Jasmine Grifin
1901 Charles W. Chesnutt, The Marrow of Tradition
John Edgar Wideman 1901-1903, The problem of the color line 1903, May 5 "The real American has not yet arrived"
Aviva Taubenfeld
1903 The invention of the blues
Luc Sante 1903 One sees what one sees
Daniel Albright
1904, August 30 Henry James in America
Ross Posnock 1905, October 15 Little Nemo in Slumberland
Katherine Roeder
1906, April 9 The Azusa Street revival
R. J. Smith 1906, April 18 , 5:14 a.m. The San Francisco Earthquake
Kathleen Moran
1911 "Alexander's Ragtime Band"
Philip Furia 1912, April 15 Lifeboats cut adrift
Alan Ackerman
1912 The lure of impossible things
Heather Love 1912 Tarzan begins his reign
Gerald Early
1913 A modernist moment
Bonnie Costello 1915 D. W. Griffith, The Birth of a Nation
Richard Schickel
1915 Robert Frost
Christian Wiman 1917 The philosopher and the millionaire
Richard J. Bernstein
1920, August 10 Mamie Smith's "Crazy Blues"
Daphne A. Brooks 1921 Jean Toomer
Elizabeth Alexander
1922 T. S. Eliot and D. H. Lawrence
Anita Patterson October 1923, Chaplinesque 1924 F. O. Matthiessen meets Russell Cheney
Robert Polito
1924, May 26 The Johnson-Reed Act and ethnic literature
Yael Schacher 1925 The Great Gatsby
Lan Tran
1925, June Sinclair Lewis
Jefrey Ferguson 1925, July The Scopes trial
Michael Kazin
1925, August 16 Dorothy Parker
Catherine Keyser 1926 Fire!!
Carla Kaplan
1926 Hardboiled
Walter Mosley 1926 The Book-of-the-Month Club
Joan Shelley Rubin
1927 Carl Sandburg and The American Songbag
Paul Muldoon 1927, May 16 "Free to develop their faculties"
Jefrey Rosen
1928, April 8, Easter Sunday Dilsey Gibson goes to church
Werner Sollors 1928, Summer John Dos Passos
Phoebe Kosman
1928, November 18 The mouse that whistled
Karal Ann Marling 1930 "You're swell!"
Robert Gottlieb
1930, March The Silent Enemy
Micah Treuer October 1930, Grant Wood's American Gothic" 1931, March 19 Nevada legalizes gambling
David Thomson
1932 Edmund Wilson, The American Jitters
Anthony Grafton 1932 Arthur Miller
Andrea Most
1932, April or May The River Rouge plant and industrial beauty
John M. Staudenmaier, S.J. 1932, Christmas Ned Cobb
Robert Cantwell
1933 Baby Face is censored
Stephanie Zacharek 1933, March FDR's first Fireside Chat
Paula Rabinowitz
1934, September Robert Penn Warren
Howell Raines 1935 The Popular Front
Angela Miller
1935 The skyscraper
Sarah Whiting 1935, June 10 Alcoholics Anonymous
Michael Tolkin
1935, October 10 Porgy and Bess
John Rockwell 1936, Gone with the Wind and Absalom, Absalom! 1936, July 5 Two days in Harlem
Adam Bradley
1936, November 23 Life begins
Michael Lesy 1938 Superman
Douglas Wolk
1938, May Jelly Roll Morton speaks
Marybeth Hamilton 1939 Billie Holiday, "Strange Fruit"
Robert O'Meally
1939; 1981 Up from invisibility
Josef Jarab 1940 "No way like the American way"
Erika Doss
1940--1944 Preston Sturges
Douglas McGrath 1941 An insolent style
Carrie Tirado Bramen
1941 Citizen Kane
Joseph McBride 1941 The word "multicultural"
Werner Sollors
1943 Hemingway's paradise, Hemingway's prose
Keith Taylor 1944 The second Bill of Rights
Cass R. Sunstein
1945, February Bebop
Ingrid Monson 1945, April 11 Thomas Pynchon and modern war
Glenda Carpio
1945, August 6, 10:45 a.m. The atom bomb
Sharon Ghamari-Tabrizi 1946, December 5 Integrating the military
Gerald Early December 3 1947, Tennessee Williams 1948 Norbert Wiener, Cybernetics
David A. Mindell
1948 Saul Bellow
Ruth Wise 1949--1950 "Birth of the Cool"
Ted Gioia
1950, November 28 "Damned busy painting"
T. J. Clark 1951 A poet among painters
Mark Ford 1951, The Catcher in the Rye 1951 James Jones, From Here to Eternity
Lindsay Waters
1951 A soft voice
M. Lynn Weis 1952, April 12 Elia Kazan and the blacklist in Hollywood
Michael Ventura
1952, June 10 C. L. R. James
Donald E. Pease 1953, January 1 The song in country music
Dave Hickey
1954 Wallace Stevens, Collected Poems
Helen Vendler 1955, August 11 "The self-respect of my people"
Monica Miller
1955, September 21 A. J. Liebling and the Marciano-Moore fight
Carlo Rotella 1955, October 7 A generation in miniature
Richard Candida Smith
1955, December Nabokov's Lolita
Stephen Schif 1956, April 16 "Roll Over Beethoven"
James Miller
1957 Dr. Seuss
Philip Nel 1959 "Nobody's perfect"
William J. Mann
1960 Psycho
William Beard 1960, January More than a game
Michael MacCambridge
1961, January 20 JFK's inaugural address and Catch-22
Charles Taylor 1961, July 2 The author as advertisement
David Thomson
1962 Bob Dylan writes "Song to Woody"
Joshua Clover 1962 "White Elephant Art vs. Termite Art"
Howard Hampton
1963, April "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
George Hutchinson 1964 Robert Lowell, "For the Union Dead"
Peter Sacks October 27 1964, The last stand on Earth 1965, September 11 The Council on Interracial Books for Children
Dianne Johnson
1965, October The Autobiography of Malcolm X
David Bradley 1968 Norman Mailer
Mary Gaitskill
1968, March The illusory babels of language
Hal Foster 1968, August 28 The plight of conservative literature
Michael Kimage
1969 Elizabeth Bishop, Complete Poems
Laura Quinney 1969, January 11 The first Asian Americans
Hua Hsu
1969, November 12 The eye of Vietnam
Thi Phuong-Lan Bui 1970 Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker
Cheryl A. Wall 1970, 1972, Linda Lovelace" 1972 Loisaida literature
Frances R. Aparicio
1973 Adrienne Rich, Diving into the Wreck
Maureen N. McLane 1975 Gayl Jones
Robert O'Meally
1981, March 31 Toni Morrison
Farah Jasmine Grifin 1982 Edmund White, A Boy's Own Story
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
1982 Wild Style
Hua Hsu 1982 Maya Lin's wall
Anne Wagner
1982, November 8 Harriet Wilson
Saidiya V. Hartman 1985, April 24 Henry Roth
Mario Materassi
1987 Maxine Hong Kingston, Tripmaster Monkey
Seo-Young Chu 1995 Philip Roth
Hana Wirth-Nesher
2001 Twenty-first-century free verse
Stephen Burt 2003 Richard Powers, The Time of Our Singing
Greil Marcus 2005, August 29, Hurricane Katrina 2008, November 4 Barack Obama
Kara Walker

Product Details

  • publication date: 22/09/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780674035942
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 1128
  • ID: 9780674035942
  • weight: 1769
  • ISBN10: 0674035941

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