Where is American Literature? offers a spirited and compelling argument for rethinking the way we view American literature in relation to the nation while powerfully demonstrating why it continues to matter in a global age. * A refreshing and accessible investigation into the various locations - linguistic, geographical, virtual, ideological - where American writing is produced and consumed * Takes a highly original approach by viewing US literature spatially rather than chronologically or thematically, retuning our understanding of the subject * The book offers a vital intervention in current debates over the impact of digital technologies on the production and reception of literature, ensuring that the field remains lively and dynamic * Invites readers to reconsider the subject by questioning current perspectives on, and approaches to, US literature, offering a range of fresh perspectives on familiar texts and topics
Caroline F. Levander is the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Initiatives, Carlson Professor in the Humanities, and Professor of English at Rice University. Levander is author of, amongst others, Voices of the Nation: Women and Public Speech in Nineteenth-Century American Culture and Literature (Cambridge University Press, 1998, paperback reprint 2009), and Cradle of Liberty: Race, the Child and National Belonging from Thomas Jefferson to W.E.B. Du Bois (Duke University Press, 2006).
Acknowledgments vii Introduction: Discovering American Literature 1 PART I Places 33 In the Eye of the Beholder 35 On the Edge 63 PART II Environments 89 In the Cloud 91 In the House 114 PART III Communities 135 At the Club 137 Under Enemy Fire 157 Conclusion: Home As Found 182 Suggested Further Reading 190 Index 199