A Companion to the American Novel
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture, Band 181 1. Aufl.
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.
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 3Alfred Bendixen 2 The American Novel: Beginnings Through the American Renaissance 19Maria Karafilis 3 The American Novel: Realism and Naturalism (1860-1920) 42Jeanne Campbell Reesman 4 Modernism and the American Novel 60Peter L. Hays 5 Beyond Modernism: The American Novel Between the World Wars 76Alfred Bendixen 6 The Cold War Novel: The American Novel Between 1945-1970 90Sharon Becker and Wendy Martin 7 The Novel in a Changing America: Multiculturalism and Other Issues (1970-Present) 109Martha J. Cutter Part II: Genres and Traditions 127 8 Fear, Ambiguity, and Transgression: The Gothic Novel in the United States 129Charles L. Crow 9 The American Historical Romance: From James Fenimore Cooper and Nathaniel Hawthorne to Toni Morrison, Louise Erdrich, and E. L. Doctorow 147Emily Miller Budick 10 Making This Whole Nation Feel: The Sentimental Novel in the United States 170Marianne Noble 11 Social Protest, Reform, and the American Political Novel 187Chip Rhodes 12 The American War Novel Tradition and the Individual Soldier 206James H. Meredith 13 From the Sublime to the Ridiculous: Comic Traditions in the American Novel 218Judith Yaross Lee 14 Plotting a Way Home: The Jewish American Novel 241Derek Parker Royal 15 Chicano/a Traditions in the American Novel 259Juan J. Alonzo 16 African American Traditions and the American Novel 274Melvin Donalson 17 The American Novel of Mystery, Crime, and Detection 291Leonard Cassuto 18 O Brave New Worlds: Science Fiction and the American Novel 309Eric 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 323Jean Pfaelzer 20 Queer Theory and the American Novel 342Deborah Carlin 21 The American Short-Story Cycle: Out From the Novel's Shadow 357Robert M. Luscher Part III: Major Texts 373 22 The Woman's Law in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter 375Monika Elbert 23 Writ in Water: The Books of Melville's Moby-Dick 394Wyn Kelley 24 Wonder of Wonders: Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin 408Susan Belasco 25 Citational Strategies and Literary Traditions: Placing Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady 422Greg W. Zacharias 26 Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Child's Search for Comfort and Peace 443Michael J. Kiskis 27 What Women Want: Kate Chopin's The Awakening 454Emily Toth 28 Private Fleming's Various Battles: Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage 465James Nagel 29 Lily's Story: Edith Wharton's House of Mirth 475Kathy Fedorko 30 The Confessional Narration of Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises 488James Nagel 31 Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and the Myth of the Land 499Richard Lehan 32 Ground Zero: Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury 510Philip Weinstein 33 A Bigger Vision: Richard Wright's Native Son and the Great American Novel 525Andrew Warnes 34 Our Invisible Man: The Aesthetic Genealogy of US Diversity 537John Carlos Rowe 35 The Visionary Exuberance of Saul Bellow's The Adventures of Augie March 554Ben Siegel 36 The Flesh and the Word: Toni Morrison's Beloved 570Valerie Smith 37 A Different Kind of Love Story: Cormac McCarthy's The Road 582Olivia Carr Edenfield Selected Readings in the Genres of the American Novel 598 Index 610
“In addition to the various groups of essays, the book features a substantial chronology of American novels (from 1752 to 2000) and a series of lists of representative works in some of the most important traditions and genres discussed.” (Poetics Today, 1 May 2014) “As a consolidation of prior scholarship and a spur to further investigation, it makes a meaningful and substantial contribution to the ongoing scholarly conversation about the American novel.” (Review 19, 1 April 2013) “Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (Choice, 1 November 2012)
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).
A Companion to the American Novel provides a comprehensive treatment of the development of the novel in the United States from its emergence in the eighteenth century to the present. Through a series of 38 essays written by a distinguished cast of literary scholars, the Companion provides a broad historical overview of the nature and development of the novel; perceptive studies of the crucial genres, topics, and traditions that define the literary form; and insightful analyses of 16 of the most important works of American fiction, including The Scarlet Letter, Moby-Dick, The Great Gatsby, Beloved, and many more. The variety of approaches presented here reflects the rich diversity of the form as it has evolved in the United States over the past two centuries. With its in-depth coverage and wealth of insights, A Companion to the American Novel is the most valuable single-volume examination of this major literary form available today.
“As a consolidation of prior scholarship and a spur to further investigation, [this book] makes a meaningful and substantial contribution to the ongoing scholarly conversation about the American novel.” (Review 19, 1 April 2013).
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