The American Novel 1870-1940

The American Novel 1870-1940 : Volume 6

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The period of 1870 to 1940 saw the consolidation of the nation following the Civil War and the rise of the United States as a world power. The transformation of the novel during these years accompanied, registered, and in some cases promoted these changes. The era witnessed the emergence of new reading publics, new means of producing and distributing novels, and new forms and genres. The proliferation of anthologies and criticism encouraged contemporary novelists to see themselves as writing within-or against-a national tradition as well as mass culture. Complementing and challenging that sense of tradition, international aesthetic movements (such as Modernism) and political ones (such as Marxism) encouraged novelists to engage with artistic and political movements beyond the literary, and improved transportation increased the opportunity for contact with formerly remote peoples and cultures. An expansive addition to the Oxford History of the Novel in English, this volume will highlight these developments within the context of global networks of influence and will cover topics like Reconstruction and the novel, the immigrant bildungsroman, early cinema and the novel, religious narratives, the innovations of Henry James, comics and the novel, and hardboiled detective fiction, among many more

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  • Hardback | 656 pages
  • 177.8 x 251.46 x 50.8mm | 1,111.3g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
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  • 0195385349
  • 9780195385342

About Priscilla Wald

Michael A. Elliott is Winship Research Distinguished Associate Professor of English at Emory University. He is the author of The Culture Concept: Writing and Difference in the Age of Realism (Minnesota, 2002) and Custerology: The Enduring Legacy of the Indian Wars and George Armstrong Custer (Chicago, 2007). Priscilla Wald is Professor of English and Women's Studies at Duke University. She is the author of Constituting Americans: Cultural Anxiety and Narrative Form (Duke, 1995) and Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative (Duke, 2008).show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ; List of Contributors ; General Editor's Preface ; Introduction by Priscilla Wald and Michael A. Elliott ; Part I: The Business of Fiction ; 1. Commodities and Celebrities, by Sarah Robbins ; 2. The Business of Publishing American Novels, by Catherine Turner ; 3. American Readers and Their Novels, by Amy Blair ; Part II. The Novel, 1870-1914 ; 4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Jonathan Arac ; 5. The Novel and the Reconstruction Amendments, by Jeannine DeLombard ; 6. Plessy and the Novel, by Edlie Wong ; 7. Documenting the Real, by Augusta Rohrbach ; 8. Journalism and the Urban Novel, by Betsy Klimasmith ; 9. Geographic Fictions and the American Novel, by Stephanie Foote ; 10. Science, Medicine, Technology & the Novel, by Jane Thrailkill ; 11. The Religious Novel, by Claudia Stokes ; 12. The Spanish-American War, U.S. Expansion, and the Novel, by Gretchen Murphy ; 13. The Immigrant Novel, by Josh Miller ; 14. The American Novel Beyond English, by Orm Overland ; 15. Henry James, the Novel, and the Mediascapes of Modernity, by Jonathan Freedman ; 16. The Novel and the Early Cinema, by John Michael ; Part III: Genre Fiction and the Novel ; 17. The Dime Novel, by David Kazanjian ; 18. Serial Fiction, by Jared Gardner ; 19. Fictionalizing Children, Children's Fiction, by Caroline Levander ; 20. The American Bestseller, by Lenny Cassuto ; 21. Crime and Detective Fiction, by Lee Horsley ; 22. The Comics and the Novel, by Michael Moon ; 23. Novels of Utopia, Science Fiction, and Fantasy, by Gerry Canavan ; Part IV: The Novel, 1915-1940 ; 24. Modernism and the International Novel, by Mark Scroggins ; 25. The Novel and the Rise of Social Science, by Susan Hegeman ; 26. The Native Novel, by Sean Teuton ; 27. The Novel After the Great War, by Paul Giles ; 28. The Harlem Renaissance Novel, by Zita Nunes ; 29. Faulkner and the World Culture of the Global South, by Ramon Saldivar ; 30. The Depression and the Novel, by Sonnet Retman ; 31. Hollywood and the American Novel, by Patrick Jagoda ; 32. Native Son and Diasporic Modernity, by Mikko Tuhkanen ; Part V: Critical Understandings ; 33. Mass Culture, the Novel, and the American Left, by Benjamin Balthaser and Shelley Streeby ; 34. The Making of American Literature, by Elizabeth Renker ; 35. The Future of the Novel and Public Criticism in Mid-Century America, by Paula Rabinowitzshow more