The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism
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The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism offers twenty-eight original essays about an important genre that typically depicts human beings as the product of biological and environmental forces over which they have little control. Drawing upon recent scholarship as well as innovations in cultural studies, contributors offer an authoritative and in-depth reassessment of a genre that included writers from Stephen Crane, Frank Norris, Theodore Dreiser, and Jack London to Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, Upton Sinclair, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Richard Wright, Joyce Carol Oates, Cormac McCarthy, and Don DeLillo. Organized by topic and theme, essays explore the contexts that prompted the origins of the genre, the problem of definition and the interconnections with other genres, and the scientific and philosophical background. Others examine the tensions with the genre-the role of women and African-American writers, depictions of sexuality, the problem of race, the critique of commodity culture and class, and the continuing presence of naturalism in twentieth- and twenty-first century fiction. Contributors also consider the role of the marketplace in the development of naturalism as well as the popular and critical response and the influence of naturalism in the other arts.show more

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  • Hardback | 536 pages
  • 218.44 x 271.78 x 124.46mm | 1,338.09g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195368932
  • 9780195368932
  • 2,045,078

About Keith Newlin

Keith Newlin is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he teaches courses in American literary realism and naturalism, American modernism, and American drama. The author or editor of ten books, recent books include Hamlin Garland, A Life (2008) and, as editor, A Summer to Be, a Memoir by the Daughter of Hamlin Garland (2008), A Theodore Dreiser Encyclopedia (2003), and two reprints of books by Hamlin Garland. At present he is the co-editor of Studies in American Naturalism.show more

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Thorough, reliable, and competent information; readers will emerge acquainted with the major naturalist writers, poets, and playwrights of an entire century and informed about their objectives and methods and influence. As a milestone in studies of American naturalism, the Handbook deserves a space in the student's or scholar's library. * Studies in American Naturalism *show more

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION; KEITH NEWLIN; 1. ROMANCING THE MACHINE: AMERICAN NATURALISM IN TRANSATLANTIC CONTEXT; ZENA MEADOWSONG; 2. THE RESPONSE TO POWER IN AMERICAN LITERARY NATURALISM: VISIONS AND REVISIONS THAT TRANSFORMED A NARRATIVE MODE; RICHARD LEHAN; 3. NATURE IN NATURALISM; BERT BENDER; 4. DEFINING AMERICAN LITERARY NATURALISM; ERIC CARL LINK; 5. SAND IN YOUR MOUTH: NATURALISM AND OTHER GENRES; JUNE HOWARD; 6. THE DOCUMENTARY STRATEGIES OF NATURALISM; KEITH NEWLIN; 7. DETERMINISM, FREE WILL, AND MORAL RESPONSIBILITY IN AMERICAN LITERARY NATURALISM; IAN F. ROBERTS; 8. 'FIRST PRINCIPLES OF MORALS': EVOLUTIONARY MORALITY AND AMERICAN NATURALISM; RICK ARMSTRONG; 9. NATURALISM AND RELIGION; STEVEN FRYE; 10. THINGS FALL APART: DEGENERATION AND ATAVISM IN AMERICAN LITERARY NATURALISM; GINA M. ROSSETTI; 11. AMERICAN LITERARY NATURALISM AND PSYCHOLOGY; STEPHEN C. BRENNAN; 12. AMERICAN NATURALISM AND MODERN EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY; JEFF P. TURPIN; 13. WOMEN WRITERS AND NATURALISM; DONNA M. CAMPBELL; 14. AMERICAN LITERARY NATURALISM AND SEXUALITY; LINDA KORNASKY; 15. AFRICAN AMERICAN WRITERS AND NATURALISM; JOHN DUDLEY; 16. NATURALISM AND RACIALISM; JEANNE CAMPBELL REESMAN; 17. NATURALISM AND COMMODITY CULTURE; MARY E. PAPKE; 18. NATURALISM AND CLASS; JUDE DAVIES; 19. THE GROTESQUE CITY, THE CITY OF EXCESS, AND THE CITY OF EXILE; JAMES GILES; 20. NATURALISM AND CRIME; GARY SCHARNHORST; 21. NATURALIST AUTHORS AND THE AMERICAN LITERARY MARKETPLACE; CHARLES JOHANNINGSMEIER; 22. CONSOLATION, AFFIRMATION, AND CONVENTION: THE POPULAR RECEPTION OF AMERICAN NATURALIST TEXTS; CAROL S. LORANGER; 23. EDITING NATURALISM; KEVIN J. HAYES; 24. REFASHIONING AMERICAN LITERARY NATURALISM: CRITICAL TRENDS AT THE TURN OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY; CHRISTOPHE DEN TANDT; 25. SAD ENDINGS AND NEGATIVE HEROES: THE NATURALIST TRADITION IN AMERICAN DRAMA; ROBERT M. DOWLING; 26. NATURALISM AND POETRY; CHRISTOPHER BEYERS; 27. NATURALISM AND THE VISUAL ARTS; DONALD PIZER; 28. AMERICAN LITERARY NATURALISM AND FILM NOIR; JEFF JAECKLEshow more

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Thorough, reliable, and competent information; readers will emerge acquainted with the major naturalist writers, poets, and playwrights of an entire century and informed about their objectives and methods and influence. As a milestone in studies of American naturalism, the Handbook deserves a space in the student's or scholar's library. Studies in American Naturalismshow more

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