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The Oxford History of the Novel in English : Volume 5: The American Novel from Its Beginnings to 1870

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The American Revolution and the Civil War bracket roughly eight decades of formative change in a republic created in 1776 by a gesture that was both rhetorical and performative. The subsequent construction of U.S. national identity influenced virtually all art forms, especially prose fiction, until internal conflict disrupted the project of nation-building. This volume reassesses, in an authoritative way, the principal forms and features of the emerging American novel. It will include chapters on: the beginnings of the novel in the US; the novel and nation-building; the publishing industry; leading novelists of Antebellum America; eminent early American novels; cultural influences on the novel; and subgenres within the novel form during this period. This book is the first of the three proposed US volumes that will make up Oxford's ambitious new eleven-volume literary resource, The Oxford History of the Novel in English (OHONE), a venture being commissioned and administered on both sides of the Atlanticshow more

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  • Hardback | 656 pages
  • 176 x 250 x 50mm | 1,139.98g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195385357
  • 9780195385359
  • 1,190,490

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..".readers should feel assured that this book represents an exceptionally and uniformly high level of scholarship. It provides a beautiful compendium of much of the best work that has come out of Americanist literary scholarship in the past two decades and, as such, should find a home on the shelf of every scholar of American literature and of the novel as a genre." --Thomas Allen, Eighteenth-Century Fictionshow more

About J. Gerald Kennedy

J. Gerald Kennedy is William A. Read Professor of English at Louisiana State University and author of Poe, Death, and the Life of Writing and Imagining Paris: Exile, Writing, and American Identity. He has edited four collections (two for OUP) and editions of Poe and Black Hawk. Leland S. Person is Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He is the author of Aesthetic Headaches: Women and a Masculine Poetics in Poe, Melville, and Hawthorne, Henry James and the Suspense of Masculinity, and The Cambridge Introduction to Nathaniel Hawthorne, and editor of several collections and a critical edition of The Scarlet Letter.show more

Table of contents

"Introduction: The American Novel to 1870," J. Gerald Kennedy and Leland S. Person ; Part 1: The Beginnings of the Novel in the United States ; 1. "Before the American Novel," Betsy Erkkila ; 2. "The Sentimental Novel and the Seductions of Post-Colonial Imitation," Karen A. Weyler ; 3. "Complementary Strangers: Charles Brockden Brown, Susanna Rowson, and the Early American Sentimental Gothic," Marion Rust ; 4. "Trends and Patterns in the US Novel, 1800-1820," Ed White ; 5. "Unsettling Novels of the Early Republic," Leonard Tennenhouse ; Part 2: The Novel and American Nation-building ; 6. "Walter Scott and the American Historical Novel," Fiona Robertson ; 7. "Revolutionary Novels and the Problem of Literary Nationalism," Joseph J. Letter ; 8. "Frontier Novels, Border Wars, and Indian Removal," Dana D. Nelson ; 9. "America's Europe: Irving, Poe, and the 'Foreign Subject,'" J. Gerald Kennedy ; Part 3: The American Publishing World and the Novel ; 10. "Publishers, Booksellers, and the Literary Market," Michael Winship ; 11. "The Perils of Authorship: Literary Property and Nineteenth-Century American Fiction," Lara Langer Cohen and Meredith L. McGill ; 12. "Periodicals and the Novel," Patricia Okker ; 13. "Cheap Sensation: Pamphlet Potboilers and Beadle's Dime Novels," Shelley Streeby ; Part 4: Leading Novelists of Antebellum America ; 14. "James Fenimore Cooper: Beyond Leather-Stocking," Wayne Franklin ; 15. "Catharine Maria Sedgwick: Domestic and National Narratives," James L. Machor ; 16. "Hawthorne and the Historical Romance," Larry J. Reynolds ; 17. "Herman Melville," Jonathan Arac ; 18. "Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Antislavery Cause," John Ernest ; Part 5: Major Novels ; 19. "The Last of the Mohicans: Race to Citizenship," Leland S. Person ; 20. "The Scarlet Letter," Monika Elbert ; 21. "Moby-Dick and Globalization," John Carlos Rowe ; 22. "Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin," David S. Reynolds ; Part 6: Cultural Influences on the American Novel, 1820-1870 ; 23. "Transatlantic Currents and Postcolonial Anxieties," Paul Giles ; 24. "The Transamerican Novel," Anna Brickhouse ; 25. "Slavery, Abolitionism, and the African American Novel," Ivy Wilson ; 26. "Ethnic Novels and the Construction of the Multicultural Nation to 1870," John Lowe ; 27. "Women's Novels and the Gendering of Genius," Renee Bergland ; 28. "Male Hybrids in Classic American Fiction," David Leverenz ; 29. "Studying Nature in the Antebellum Novel," Timothy Sweet ; 30. "Novels of Faith and Doubt in a Changing Culture," Caroline Levander ; Part 7: Fictional Sub-genres ; 31. "Temperance Novels and Moral Reform," Debra J. Rosenthal ; 32. "Novels of Travel and Exploration," Gretchen Murphy ; 33. "The City Mystery Novel," Scott Peeples ; 34. "Surviving National Disunion: Civil War Novels of the 1860s," Paul Christian Jones ; Composite Bibliography ; Indexshow more

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