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Columbia literary history of the United States

Author: Emory Elliott; Martha Banta; Houston A Baker, Jr.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 1988.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A survey of the literature of United States, from prehistoric cave narratives to the radical movements of the sixties and the experimentation of the eighties.

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Emory Elliott; Martha Banta; Houston A Baker, Jr.
ISBN: 0231058128 9780231058124
OCLC Number: 15859148
Notes: Includes index.
Awards: American Book Award, 1989
Description: xxviii, 1263 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: A key to the languages of America. The native voice ; The literature of discovery and exploration ; English literature at the American moment ; The Puritan vision of the New World --
The prose and poetry of Colonial America. History and chronicle ; Sermons and theological writings ; Biography and autobiography ; The poetry of Colonial America --
America in transition. From Cotton Mather to Benjamin Franklin ; Jonathan Edwards, Charles Chauncy, and the Great Awakening ; Thomas Jefferson and the writing of the south --
The literature of the New Republic. The American Revolution as a literary event ; Poetry in the early Republic ; Charles Brockden Brown and early American fiction ; Toward a national literature --
The age in perspective. Idealism and independence --
Cultural diversity and literary forms. Washington Irving and the Knickerbocker Group ; James Fenimore Cooper and the writers of the frontier ; Edgar Allan Poe and the writers of the Old South ; William Cullen Bryant and the Fireside Poets ; The rise of the woman author ; Forms of regional humor ; A new nation's drama --
Intellectual movements and social change. Social discourse and nonfictional prose ; The transcendentalists --
The American Renaissance. Ralph Waldo Emerson ; Henry David Thoreau ; Nathaniel Hawthorne ; Herman Melville ; Walt Whitman --
Signs of the times. Literature and culture ; Culture and consciousness --
Genre deliberations. Realism and regionalism ; Naturalism and the languages of determinism --
Literary diversities. Literature for the populace ; Immigrants and other Americans ; Women writers and the new woman --
Major voices. Emily Dickinson ; Mark Twain ; Henry Adams ; Henry James --
Contexts and backgrounds. The emergence of modernism ; Intellectual life and public discourse ; Literary scenes and literary movements --
Regionalism, ethnicity, and gender : comparative literary cultures. Regionalism : a diminished thing ; Afro-American literature ; Mexican American literature ; Asian American literature ; Women writers between the wars --
Fiction. The diversity of American fiction ; Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein ; William Faulkner --
Poetry and criticism. The diversity of American poetry ; Robert Frost ; Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot ; William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens ; Literary criticism --
The postwar era. Culture, power and society ; The new philosophy ; Literature as radical statement --
Forms and genres. Poetry ; Twentieth-century drama ; Neorealist fiction ; Self-reflexive fiction --
The present. The fictions of the present ; The avant-garde and experimental writing.
Responsibility: Emory Elliott, general editor ; associate editors, Martha Banta [and others] ; advisory editors, Houston A. Baker [and others].

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