The Columbia Literary History of the United States

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Columbia University Press, 15. feb. 1988 - 1263 sider

For the first time in four decades, there exists an authoritative and up-to-date survey of the literature of the United States, from prehistoric cave narratives to the radical movements of the sixties and the experimentation of the eighties.

This comprehensive volume—one of the century's most important books in American studies—extensively treats Hawthorne, Melville, Dickinson, Hemingway, and other long-cherished writers, while also giving considerable attention to recently discovered writers such as Kate Chopin and to literary movements and forms of writing not studied amply in the past. Informed by the most current critical and theoretical ideas, it sets forth a generation's interpretation of the rise of American civilization and culture.

The Columbia Literary History of the United States contains essays by today's foremost scholars and critics, overseen by a board of distinguished editors headed by Emory Elliott of Princeton University. These contributors reexamine in contemporary terms traditional subjects such as the importance of Puritanism, Romanticism, and frontier humor in American life and writing, but they also fully explore themes and materials that have only begun to receive deserved attention in the last two decades. Among these are the role of women as writers, readers, and literary subjects and the impact of writers from minority groups, both inside and outside the literary establishment.

 

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Given the publisher's prestige and the numerous contributors, most libraries will regard this new literary history as a necessary purchase. And it probably is necessary. One regrets, however, certain ... Les hele vurderingen

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The Native Voice
5
The Literature of Discovery and Exploration
16
English Literature at the American Moment
24
The Puritan Vision of the New World
33
listory and Chronicle
47
Sermons and Theological Writings
56
Biography and Autobiography
67
The Poetry of Colonial America
83
Immigrants and Other Americans
568
Women Writers and the New Woman
589
Emily Dickinson
609
Mark Twain
627
Henry Adams
645
Henry James
668
The Emergenceof Modernism
695
Intellectual Life and Public Discourse
719

From Cotton Mather to Benjamin Franklin
101
Thomas Jefferson and the Writing of the South
127
The American Revolution as a Literary Event
139
Poetry in the Early Republic
156
Charles Brockden Brown and Early American Fiction
168
Toward a National Literature
187
Idealism and Independence
207
Washington Irving and the Knickerbocker Group
229
Social Discourse and Nonfictional Prose
345
The Transcendentalists
364
Ralph Waldo Emerson
381
Henry David Thoreau
399
Nathaniel Hawthorne
413
Literature and Culture
467
Culture and Consciousness
482
Realism and Regionalism
501
Naturalism and the Languages of Determinism
525
Literature for the Populace
549
The Diversity of American Fiction
845
Gertrude Stein
873
William Faulkner
887
The Diversity of American Poetry
913
Robert Frost
937
Ezra Pound and T S Eliot
947
William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens 97
972
Literary Criticism
993
Culture Power and Society
1023
The New Philosophy
1045
Literature as Radical Statement
1060
Poetry
1079
TwentiethCentury Drama 11ot
1101
The Present
1144
Writing 178
1178
Notes on Contributors
1201
Index
1211
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