Table of Contents:
- Machine generated contents note: 1. First Americans: American Literature Before and During the Colonial and Revolutionary Periods -- Imagining Eden -- Native American Oral Traditions -- Spanish and French Encounters with America -- Anglo-American Encounters -- Writing of the Colonial and Revolutionary Periods -- Puritan narratives -- Challenges to the Puritan oligarchy -- Some colonial poetry -- Enemies within and without -- Trends toward the secular and resistance -- Toward the Revolution -- Alternative voices of Revolution -- Writing Revolution: Poetry, drama, fiction -- 2. Inventing Americas: The Making of American Literature, 1800--1865 -- Making a Nation -- Making of American Myths -- Myths of an emerging nation -- making of Western myth -- making of Southern myth -- Legends of the Old Southwest -- Making of American Selves -- Transcendentalists -- Voices of African-American identity -- Making of Many Americas -- Native American writing -- Oral culture of the Hispanic Southwest -- African-American polemic and poetry -- Abolitionist and pro-slavery writing -- Abolitionism and feminism -- African-American writing -- Making of an American Fiction and Poetry -- emergence of American narratives -- Women writers and storytellers -- Spirituals and folk songs -- American poetic voices -- 3. Reconstructing the Past, Reimagining the Future: The Development of American Literature, 1865--1900 -- Rebuilding a Nation -- Development of Literary Regionalism -- From Adam to outsider -- Regionalism in the West and Midwest -- African-American and Native American voices -- Regionalism in New England -- Regionalism in the South -- Development of Literary Realism and Naturalism -- Capturing the commonplace -- Capturing the real thing -- Toward Naturalism -- Development of Women's Writing -- Writing by African-American women -- Writing and the condition of women -- Development of Many Americas -- Things fall apart -- Voices of resistance -- Voices of reform -- immigrant encounter -- 4. Making It New: The Emergence of Modern American Literature, 1900--1945 -- Changing National Identities -- Between Victorianism and Modernism -- problem of race -- Building bridges: Women writers -- Critiques of American provincial life -- Poetry and the search for form -- Inventions of Modernism -- Imagism, Vorticism, and Objectivism -- Making it new in poetry -- Making it new in prose -- Making it new in drama -- Traditionalism, Politics, and Prophecy -- uses of traditionalism -- Populism and radicalism -- Prophetic voices -- Community and Identity -- Immigrant writing -- Native American voices -- literature of the New Negro movement and beyond -- Mass Culture and the Writer -- Western, detective, and hardboiled fiction -- Humorous writing -- Fiction and popular culture -- 5. Negotiating the American Century: American Literature since 1945 -- Toward a Transnational Nation -- Formalists and Confessionals -- From the mythological eye to the lonely "I" in poetry -- From formalism to freedom in poetry -- uses of formalism -- Confessional poetry -- New formalists, new confessionals -- Public and Private Histories -- Documentary and dream in prose -- Contested identities in prose -- Crossing borders: Some women prose writers -- Beats, Prophets, Aesthetes, and New Formalists -- Rediscovering the American voice: The Black Mountain writers -- Restoring the American vision: The San Francisco Renaissance -- Recreating American rhythms: The beat generation -- Reinventing the American self: The New York poets -- Redefining American poetry: The New Formalists -- Resisting orthodoxy: Dissent and experiment in fiction -- Art and Politics of Race -- Defining a new black aesthetic -- Defining a new black identity in prose -- Defining a new black identity in drama -- Telling impossible stories: Recent African-American fiction -- Realism and its Discontents -- Confronting the real, stretching the realistic in drama -- New Journalists and dirty realists -- Language and Genre -- Watching nothing: Postmodernity in prose -- actuality of words: Postmodern poetry -- Signs and scenes of crime, science fiction, and fantasy -- Creating New Americas -- Dreaming history: European immigrant writing -- Remapping a nation: Chicano/a and Latino/a writing -- Improvising America: Asian-American writing -- New and ancient songs: The return of the Native American -- After the Fall: American Literature since 9/11 -- Writing the crisis in prose -- Writing the crisis in drama -- Writing the crisis in poetry
- "Updated throughout and with much new material, A History of American Literature, Second Edition, is the most up-to-date and comprehensive survey available of the myriad forms of American Literature from pre-Columbian times to the present? The most comprehensive and up-to-date history of American literature available today? Covers fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction, as well as other forms of literature including folktale, spirituals, the detective story, the thriller, and science fiction? Explores the plural character of American literature, including the contributions made by African American, Native American, Hispanic and Asian American writers? Considers how our understanding of American literature has changed over the past?thirty years Situates American literature in the contexts of American history, politics and society Offers an invaluable introduction to American literature for students at all levels, academic and general readers"-- Provided by publisher
"This widely anticipated Second Edition features a wealth of fresh updates and new material, including a detailed survey of the fiction, drama, and poetry written in response to 9/11 and the 2018 war on terror.'"-- Provided by publisher
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
Electronic reproduction. Ipswich, MA Available via World Wide Web.
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- PS88 .G73 2012
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