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American history through literature, 1870-1920

Author: Tom Quirk; Gary Scharnhorst
Publisher: Detroit : Charles Scribner's Sons/Thomson Gale , 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Designed for the general reader, this new three-volume set presents literature not as a simple inventory of authors or titles but rather as a historical and cultural field viewed from a wide array of contemporary perspectives. The set, which is ``new historicist'' in its approach to literary criticism, endorses the notion that not only does history affect literature, but literature itself informs history. The set  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Encyclopedias
History
Encyclopédies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
American history through literature, 1870-1920.
Detroit : Charles Scribner's Sons/Thomson Gale, 2006
(OCoLC)654698019
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Quirk; Gary Scharnhorst
ISBN: 0684314649 9780684314648 0684314657 9780684314655 0684314665 9780684314662 0684314673 9780684314679 0684314932 9780684314938
OCLC Number: 61295903
Description: 3 v. : ill. ; 29 cm.
Contents: Addiction to Ghost stories --
2. Harper & Brothers to Poverty --
3. Pragmatism to "The yellow wall-paper".
Responsibility: Tom Quirk and Gary Scharnhorst, editors-in-chief.

Abstract:

Designed for the general reader, this new three-volume set presents literature not as a simple inventory of authors or titles but rather as a historical and cultural field viewed from a wide array of contemporary perspectives. The set, which is ``new historicist'' in its approach to literary criticism, endorses the notion that not only does history affect literature, but literature itself informs history. The set features more than 250 survey entries. Subjects include: political topics (Reform, Women's Suffrage); ideas in context (Scientific Materialsim, Darwinism); values (Assimilation, Success); society (Labor, Mass Marketing); genres (Science Fiction, War Writing); popular entertainment (Baseball, Boxing); publishing (Scribner's Magazine); works of literature and nonfiction (``Billy Budd, '' ``The Theory of the Leisure Class''); and much more. The analysis of a wide range of classics in American literature, viewed as cultural and historical documents, cultivates critical skills in reading texts from various perspectives, including aesthetic, biographical, social, historical, racial and gendered.

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