The Cambridge History of American Literature Volume 7 Prose Writing 1940 1990

The Cambridge History of American Literature  Volume 7  Prose Writing  1940 1990
Author: Sacvan Bercovitch
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 824
Release: 1994
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780521497329

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Volume VII of the Cambridge History of American Literature examines a broad range of American literature of the past half-century, revealing complex relations to changes in society. Christopher Bigsby discusses American dramatists from Tennessee Williams to August Wilson, showing how innovations in theatre anticipated a world of emerging countercultures and provided America with an alternative view of contemporary life. Morris Dickstein describes the condition of rebellion in fiction from 1940 to 1970, linking writers as diverse as James Baldwin and John Updike. John Burt examines writers of the American South, describing the tensions between modernization and continued entanglements with the past. Wendy Steiner examines the postmodern fictions since 1970, and shows how the questioning of artistic assumptions has broadened the canon of American literature. Finally, Cyrus Patell highlights the voices of Native American, Asian American, Chicano, gay and lesbian writers, often marginalized but here discussed within and against a broad set of national traditions.

The Cambridge History of American Literature Volume 8 Poetry and Criticism 1940 1995

The Cambridge History of American Literature  Volume 8  Poetry and Criticism  1940 1995
Author: Sacvan Bercovitch
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 568
Release: 1994
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780521497336

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Multi-volume history of American literature.

Modern American Literature and Contemporary Iranian Cinema

Modern American Literature and Contemporary Iranian Cinema
Author: Morteza Yazdanjoo
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 299
Release: 2022-12-29
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1000822028

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As an endeavor to contribute to the burgeoning field of comparative literature, this monograph addresses the dynamic yet understudied "intertextual dialogism" between modern American literature and contemporary Iranian Cinema, pinpointing how the latter appropriates and recontextualizes instances of the former to construct and inculcate vestiges of national/gender identity on the silver screen. Drawing on Louis Montrose’s catchphrase that Cultural Materialism foregrounds "the textuality of history, [and] the historicity of texts", this book contends that literary "texts" are synchronic artifacts prone to myriad intertextual and extra-textual readings and understandings, each historically conditioned. The recontextualization of Herzog, Franny and Zooey, The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Death of a Salesman into contemporary Iran provides an intertextual avenue to delineate the textuality of history and the historicity of texts

Literary Research and American Postmodernism

Literary Research and American Postmodernism
Author: Emily Witsell
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 210
Release: 2016-07-18
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0810892766

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This book is a guide to scholarly research in the field of American postmodern literature, defined as the period between 1950 and 1990 and provide advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and scholars of literature with a comprehensive view of the print and online resources available in literature and related subject areas

Encyclopedia of American Poetry The Twentieth Century

Encyclopedia of American Poetry  The Twentieth Century
Author: Eric L. Haralson
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 866
Release: 2014-01-21
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 131776322X

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The Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century contains over 400 entries that treat a broad range of individual poets and poems, along with many articles devoted to topics, schools, or periods of American verse in the century. Entries fall into three main categories: poet entries, which provide biographical and cultural contexts for the author's career; entries on individual works, which offer closer explication of the most resonant poems in the 20th-century canon; and topical entries, which offer analyses of a given period of literary production, school, thematically constructed category, or other verse tradition that historically has been in dialogue with the poetry of the United States.

Wasteland Modernism

Wasteland Modernism
Author: Rebeca Gualberto Valverde
Publsiher: Universitat de València
Total Pages: 174
Release: 2021-09-06
Genre: Literary Collections
ISBN: 8491348468

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This book proposes a renewed myth-critical approach to the so-called ‘wasteland modernism’ of the 1920s to reassess certain key texts of the American modernist canon from a critical prism that offers new perspectives of analysis and interpretation. Myth-criticism and, more specifically, the critical survey of myth as an aesthetic and ideological strategy fundamental for the comprehension of modernist literature, leads to an engaging discussion about the disenchantment of myth in modernist literary texts. This process of mythical disenchantment, inextricable from the cultural and historical circumstances that define the modernist zeitgeist, offers a possibility for revising from a contemporary standpoint a set of classic texts that are crucial to our understanding of the modern literary tradition in the United States. This study carries out an exhaustive and updated myth-critical examination of works by T.S. Eliot, John Dos Passos, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck and Djuna Barnes to broaden the scope of familiar themes and archetypes, enclosing the textual analysis of these works in a wider exploration about the purpose and functioning of myth in literature, particularly in times of crisis and transformation.

Negative Liberties

Negative Liberties
Author: Cyrus R. K. Patell
Publsiher: Duke University Press
Total Pages: 265
Release: 2001-05-28
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0822380676

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Since the nineteenth century, ideas centered on the individual, on Emersonian self-reliance, and on the right of the individual to the pursuit of happiness have had a tremendous presence in the United States—and even more so after the Reagan era. But has this presence been for the good of all? In Negative Liberties Cyrus R. K. Patell revises important ideas in the debate about individualism and the political theory of liberalism. He does so by adding two new voices to the current discussion—Toni Morrison and Thomas Pynchon—to examine the different ways in which their writings embody, engage, and critique the official narrative generated by U.S. liberal ideology. Pynchon and Morrison reveal the official narrative of individualism as encompassing a complex structure of contradiction held in abeyance. This narrative imagines that the goals of the individual are not at odds with the goals of the family or society and in fact obscures the existence of an unholy truce between individual liberty and forms of oppression. By bringing these two fiction writers into a discourse dominated by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Isaiah Berlin, John Rawls, George Kateb, Robert Bellah, and Michael Sandel, Patell unmasks the ways in which contemporary U.S. culture has not fully shed the oppressive patterns of reasoning handed down by the slaveholding culture from which American individualism emerged. With its interdisciplinary approach, Negative Liberties will appeal to students and scholars of American literature, culture, sociology, and politics.

From Television to the Internet

From Television to the Internet
Author: Wiley Lee Umphlett
Publsiher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
Total Pages: 476
Release: 2006
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9780838640807

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This book complements and expands on the commentary andconclusions of the author's initial inquiry into the modern era ofmedia-made culture in The Visual Focus of American Media Culture inthe Twentieth Century (FDUP, 2004). From the 1890s on to the 1920sand the Depression and World War II years, society's pervasivelycommunal focus demanded idealized images and romanticizedinterpretations of life. But the communal imperative, as it was impactedon by evolving social change, harbored the seeds of its owndisintegration.

New England Beyond Criticism

New England Beyond Criticism
Author: Elisa New
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 338
Release: 2014-06-03
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1118854543

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NEW ENGLAND BEYOND CRITICISM “Elisa New’s book is a remarkable achievement. It is very rare that a critic manages to ask what seem exactly the right questions, then to answer them in a lively, brilliant, evocative, and supremely intelligent prose.” Charles F. Altieri, University of California “Elisa New is a refreshing voice among critics and historians of literature. She has a keen sense of the nature of New England and its deep spiritual resources, reaching back to the Puritans, moving through the great nineteenth-century expressions of interior landscapes and visions. This is a book I welcome and celebrate.” Jay Parini, Middlebury College Literary criticism of the past thirty years has undercut what the canonizers of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw as the fundamental role of early New England in the development of American literary culture. And yet, a determination in literary circles to topple perceived Ivy League elitism and Protestant cultural creationism overlooks the continuing value, beauty, and even practical utility of a canon still cherished by lay readers around the world. This Manifesto raises questions about how academic specialization and the academic study of New England have affected enthusiasm for reading. Using a range of interpretive practices, including those most often deployed by contemporary academic critics, Elisa New cuts across firmly established subfields, mixing literary exegesis with autobiographical reflection, close reading with cultural history, archival and antiquarian inquiry with experiments in style, and lays bare editorial orthodoxies, raising to question the whole hierarchy of values now governing the study of American and other literatures. Taking New England as a test case for a wider, more accessible set of critical practices, New England Beyond Criticism demands that the domain of literary study be opened further to the tastes of the general reader.

Late Postmodernism

Late Postmodernism
Author: J. Green
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 254
Release: 2005-05-12
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1403980403

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Does the novel have a future? Questions of this kind, which are as old as the novel itself, acquired a fresh urgency at the end of the twentieth-century with the rise of new media and the relegation of literature to the margins of American culture. As a result, anxieties about readership, cultural authority and literary value have come to preoccupy a second generation of postmodern novelists. Through close analysis of several major novels of the past decade, including works by Don DeLillo, Philip Roth, Kathryn Davis, Jonathan Franzen and Richard Powers, Late Postmodernism examines the forces shaping contemporary literature and the remarkable strategies American writers have adopted to make sense of their place in culture.

Postmodernism in Pieces

Postmodernism in Pieces
Author: Matthew Mullins
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 249
Release: 2016
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0190459506

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'Postmodernism in Pieces' performs a postmortem on what is perhaps the most contested paradigm in literary studies, breaking postmodernism down into its most fundamental orthodoxies and reassembling it piece by piece in light of recent theoretical developments in actor-network-theory, object-oriented philosophy, new materialism, and posthumanism.

Why Moralize upon It

Why Moralize upon It
Author: Brian Danoff
Publsiher: Lexington Books
Total Pages: 143
Release: 2020-08-15
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 1498573630

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously declared that “the greatest duty of a statesman is to educate." The central claim of Why Moralize upon It? is that it is not only statesmen who can help educate a democratic citizenry, but also novelists and filmmakers. This book’s title is drawn from Melville’s “Benito Cereno.” Near the end of this novella, after he has put down a rebellion of enslaved Africans, the American captain Amasa Delano claims that “the past is passed,” and thus there is no need to “moralize upon it.” Melville suggests, though, that it is crucial for Americans to critically examine American history and American political institutions; otherwise, they may be blind to the existence of injustices which will ultimately undermine democracy. Danoff argues that novels and films play a crucial role in helping democratic citizens undertake the kind of moral reflection that they must engage in if they are to not only preserve their political community, but also render it “forever worthy of the saving,” as Abraham Lincoln put it. Contending that some of the most profound American thinking about the nature of democratic leadership has come through novels more so than treatises or essays, Danoff argues that the works of fiction examined in this book explore difficult questions rather than provide any easy answers. Because these works have an ambiguous, nuanced, and tragic outlook, they teach citizen-readers how to think through the moral complexities of the political issues on which they must render judgment. The rich and multi-faceted democratic education that citizens glean from outstanding works of fiction is particularly necessary at a time when the media-landscape is often dominated by superficial “viral moments,” “sound-bites,” and social media posts. Moreover, given that we today live in an era of sharp political polarization in which partisans often demonize one another, it is especially valuable for Americans to be exposed to literary and cinematic works of art which remind us that none of us have a monopoly on virtue, and that all of us inhabit what Melville called “the common continent of men.”

Who Speaks for the Negro

Who Speaks for the Negro
Author: Robert Penn Warren
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 489
Release: 2014-09-30
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 0300211945

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First published in 1965, this is a unique text in the history of the American Civil Rights Movement. Robert Penn Warren interviewed a wide range of African American leaders, activists, and artists across the country, among them Martin Luther King, Malcom X, and James Baldwin. Sections from the transcripts of these interviews are combined with the author’s reflections on the interviewees and the Civil Rights Movement as a whole to create a powerful oral history of this all-important struggle. A new introduction by David W. Blight places Warren’s book in historical perspective. " In this new edition introduced by the eminent historian David Blight, Who Speaks for the Negro? reveals a provocative admixture of history's variance. Warren's book is a burden of the past from which we cannot escape. It summons us to awaken a more vital national heartbeat of reparations for an American dilemma."—Houston Baker, Vanderbilt University

A History of American Literature

A History of American Literature
Author: Richard Gray
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 928
Release: 2011-09-23
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1444345680

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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

Literary Adaptations in Black American Cinema

Literary Adaptations in Black American Cinema
Author: Barbara Tepa Lupack
Publsiher: University Rochester Press
Total Pages: 596
Release: 2002
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781580461030

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A comprehensive analysis of the ways in which the black American experience has been depicted in film adaptations of popular literature.

Ralph Ellison s Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison s Invisible Man
Author: Harold Bloom
Publsiher: Infobase Publishing
Total Pages: 215
Release: 2009
Genre: African American men in literature
ISBN: 143812872X

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Presents a collection of interpretations of Ralph Ellison's novel, "Invisible man."

Approaches to Teaching the Works of David Foster Wallace

Approaches to Teaching the Works of David Foster Wallace
Author: Stephen J. Burn
Publsiher: Modern Language Association
Total Pages: 226
Release: 2019-08-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 1603293922

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David Foster Wallace’s works engage with his literary moment--roughly summarized as postmodernism--and with the author’s historical context. From his famously complex fiction to essays critical of American culture, Wallace’s works have at their core essential human concerns such as self-understanding, connecting with others, ethical behavior, and finding meaning. The essays in this volume suggest ways to elucidate Wallace’s philosophical and literary preoccupations for today’s students, who continue to contend with urgent issues, both personal and political, through reading literature. Part 1, “Materials,†offers guidance on biographical, contextual, and archival sources and critical responses to Wallace’s writing. The essays in part 2, “Approaches,†discuss teaching key works and genres in high school settings, first-year undergraduate writing classes, American literature surveys, seminars on Wallace, and world literature courses. They examine Wallace’s social and philosophical contexts and contributions, treating topics such as gender, literary ethics, and the culture of writing programs.