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By Robert Paul Lamb

A spouse to American Fiction, 1865-1914 is a groundbreaking selection of essays written via best critics for a large viewers of students, scholars, and common readers.

  • An quite broad-ranging and available Companion to the learn of yankee fiction of the post-civil struggle interval and the early 20th century Brings jointly 29 essays through most sensible students, every one of which offers a synthesis of the easiest learn and gives an unique viewpoint
  • Divided into sections on historic traditions and genres, contexts and topics, and significant authors
  • Covers a mix of canonical and the non-canonical issues, authors, literatures, and significant ways
  • Explores leading edge issues, similar to ecological literature and ecocriticism, children’s literature, and the impression of Darwin on fiction

Chapter 1 The perform and promoting of yank Literary Realism (pages 15–34): Nancy Glazener
Chapter 2 pleasure and recognition within the Romance culture (pages 35–52): William J. Scheick
Chapter three The Sentimental and family Traditions, 1865–1900 (pages 53–76): Gregg Camfield
Chapter four Morality, Modernity, and “Malarial Restlessness”: American Realism in its Anglo?European Contexts (pages 77–95): Winfried Fluck
Chapter five American Literary Naturalism (pages 96–118): Christophe Den Tandt
Chapter 6 American Regionalism: neighborhood colour, nationwide Literature, worldwide Circuits (pages 119–139): June Howard
Chapter 7 girls Authors and the Roots of yankee Modernism (pages 140–148): Linda Wagner?Martin
Chapter eight the quick tale and the Short?Story series, 1865–1914 (pages 149–174): J. Gerald Kennedy
Chapter nine Ecological Narrative and Nature Writing (pages 177–200): S. okay. Robisch
Chapter 10 “The Frontier Story”: The Violence of Literary background (pages 201–221): Christine Bold
Chapter eleven local American Narratives: Resistance and Survivance (pages 222–239): Gerald Vizenor
Chapter 12 Representing the Civil struggle and Reconstruction: From Uncle Tom to Uncle Remus (pages 240–259): Kathleen Diffley
Chapter thirteen Engendering the Canon: Women's Narratives, 1865–1914 (pages 260–278): Grace Farrell
Chapter 14 Confronting the hindrance: African American Narratives (pages 279–295): Dickson D. Bruce
Chapter 15 Fiction's Many towns (pages 296–317): Sidney H. Bremer
Chapter sixteen Mapping the tradition of Abundance: Literary Narratives and client tradition (pages 318–339): Sarah method Sherman
Chapter 17 secrets and techniques of the Master's Deed field: Narrative and sophistication (pages 340–355): Christopher P. Wilson
Chapter 18 Ethnic Realism (pages 356–376): Robert M. Dowling
Chapter 19 Darwin, technological know-how, and Narrative (pages 377–394): Bert Bender
Chapter 20 Writing within the “Vulgar Tongue”: legislation and American Narrative (pages 395–410): William E. Moddelmog
Chapter 21 making plans Utopia (pages 411–427): Thomas Peyser
Chapter 22 American kid's Narrative as Social feedback, 1865–1914 (pages 428–448): Gwen Athene Tarbox
Chapter 23 an concept of Order at harmony: Soul and Society within the brain of Louisa may possibly Alcott (pages 451–467): John Matteson
Chapter 24 the USA Can holiday Your center: at the value of Mark Twain (pages 468–498): Robert Paul Lamb
Chapter 25 William Dean Howells and the Bourgeois Quotidian: Affection, Skepticism, Disillusion (pages 499–517): Michael Anesko
Chapter 26 Henry James in a brand new Century (pages 518–535): John Carlos Rowe
Chapter 27 towards a Modernist Aesthetic: The Literary Legacy of Edith Wharton (pages 536–556): Candace Waid and Clare Colquitt
Chapter 28 Sensations of favor: The Literary Realism of Stephen Crane (pages 557–571): William E. Cain
Chapter 29 Theodore Dreiser and the strength of the private (pages 572–585): Clare Virginia Eby

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By way of contrast, consider a much earlier text: it is impossible to read John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress (1678, 1684) without recognizing that the Bible as a text and Christianity as a moral and metaphysical scheme are lovingly invoked and elaborated through the story of Christian’s journey to the Celestial City. Bunyan’s interrelated symbolic characters and landscapes constitute an allegory that operated – probably in Bunyan’s time, perhaps in later times for certain communities of Christian readers – as a somewhat public understanding of a specific religion’s model of faith.

In other words, rather than retroactively correcting the inflexibility of literary realism’s arbiters, we may learn more from examining and understanding the many historical traces of the variable access and uneven opportunities it presented to authors (Brodhead 1993). In the broadest of historical frames, as I have suggested, American realism can usefully be understood as playing a part in modernity’s restructuring of life around capitalism. Homing in on the ways in which the crises in value precipitated by capitalism were manifested in the late nineteenth-century United States, a number of critics have taken up what Eric Sundquist calls ‘‘the romance of money’’ as an animating preoccupation of much realist fiction (1982: 19).

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