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American realism and the canon

Author: Tom Quirk; Gary Scharnhorst
Publisher: Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London : Associated University Presses, ©1994.
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"This collection of twelve essays focuses on a variety of late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century texts to illustrate the unprecedented flexibility of the realist mode in American fiction and poetry. As the volume demonstrates, the realist era was hospitable to a multitude of writers - including Mark Twain, W.D. Howells, and Bret Harte, as well as such newly canonized figures as Marietta Holly, Abraham Cahan,  Read more...
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American realism and the canon.
Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London : Associated University Presses, ©1994
(OCoLC)621584170
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Quirk; Gary Scharnhorst
ISBN: 0874135249 9780874135244
OCLC Number: 30075328
Description: 227 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Men of color, women, and uppity art at the turn of the century / Elizabeth Ammons --
Nineteenth-century women poets and realism / Cheryl Walker --
"I can't write a book" / Nancy Walker --
Reading her/stories against his/stories in early Chinese American literature / Amy Ling --
Native American literatures and the canon / Patricia Okker --
Romance and realism / Sanford E. Marovitz --
Problems of representation in turn-of-the-century immigrant fiction / Susan K. Harris --
Three black writers and the anthologized canon / Keneth Kinnamon --
Recanonizing the multiple canons of Henry James / Richard A. Hocks --From painful cult to painful realism / Alfred Habegger --
Is Huckleberry Finn politically correct? / Tom Quirk --
Whatever happened to Bret Harte? / Gary Scharnhorst.
Responsibility: edited by Tom Quirk and Gary Scharnhorst.

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"This collection of twelve essays focuses on a variety of late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century texts to illustrate the unprecedented flexibility of the realist mode in American fiction and poetry. As the volume demonstrates, the realist era was hospitable to a multitude of writers - including Mark Twain, W.D. Howells, and Bret Harte, as well as such newly canonized figures as Marietta Holly, Abraham Cahan, Frances Ellen Harper, Sui Sin Far, and Zitkala-Sa - who voiced the most urgent concerns of race and ethnicity, gender, class, and region. In all, these essays not only participate in the ongoing recanonization of American literature but reconstruct the literary history of the period by raising theoretical questions, addressing social and ideological issues, and revaluing literary tradition."--Jacket.

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