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A companion to American fiction, 1780-1865

Author: Shirley Samuels; Wiley InterScience (Online service)
Publisher: Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2004.
Series: Blackwell companions to literature and culture.
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This Companion presents the current state of criticism in the field of American fiction from the earliest declarations of nationhood to secession and civil war. Draws heavily on historical and cultural contexts in its consideration of American fiction. - Relates the fiction of the period to conflicts about territory and sovereignty and to issues of gender, race, ethnicity and identity. - Covers different forms of  Read more...
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Companion to American fiction, 1780-1865.
Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2004
(DLC) 2003026891
(OCoLC)53937773
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Shirley Samuels; Wiley InterScience (Online service)
ISBN: 9780470999219 0470999217 0631234225 9780631234227 9781405165112 1405165111 9780470999202 0470999209
OCLC Number: 184983759
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 470 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Introduction / Shirley Samuels --
PART I. HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXTS --
National narrative and the problem of American nationhood / J. Gerald Kennedy --
Fiction and democracy / Paul Downes --
Democratic fictions / Sandra M. Gustafson --
Engendering American fictions / Martha J. Cutter, Caroline F. Levander --
Race and ethnicity / Robert S. Levine --
Class / Philip Gould --
Sexualities / Valerie Rohy --
Religion / Paul Gutjahr --
Education and polemic / Stephanie Foote --
Marriage and contract / Naomi Morgenstern --
Transatlantic ventures / Wil Verhoeven, Stephen Shapiro --
Other languages, other Americas / Kirsten Silva Gruesz --
PART II. FORMS OF FICTION --
Literary histories / Michael Drexler, Ed White --
Breeding and reading: Chesterfieldian civility in the early republic / Christopher Lukasik --
The American gothic / Marianne Noble --
Sensational fiction / Shelley Streeby --
Melodrama and American fiction / Lori Merish --
Delicate boundaries: passing and other "crossings" in fictionalized slave narratives / Cherene Sherrard-Johnson --
Doctors, bodies, and fiction / Stephanie P. Browner --
Law and the American novel / Laura H. Korobkin --
Labor and fiction / Cindy Weinstein --
Words for children / Carol J. Singley --
Dime novels / Colin T. Ramsey, Kathryn Zabelle Derounian-Stodola --
Reform and antebellum fiction / Chris Castiglia --
PART III. AUTHORS, LOCATIONS, PURPOSES --
The problem of the city / Heather Roberts --
New landscapes / Timothy Sweet --
The gothic meets sensation: Charles Brockden Brown, Edgar Allan Poe, George Lippard, and E.D.E.N. Southworth / Dana Luciano --
Retold legends: Washington Irving, James Kirke Paulding, and John Pendleton Kennedy / Philip Barnard --
Captivity and freedom: Ann Eliza Bleecker, Harriet Prescott Spofford, and Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle" / Eric Gary Anderson --
New England tales: Catharine Sedgwick, Catherine Brown, and the dislocations of Indian land / Bethany Schneider --
Harriet Beecher Stowe, Caroline Lee Hentz, Herman Melville, and American racialist exceptionalism / Katherine Adams --
Fictions of the South: southern portraits of slavery / Nancy Buffington --
The West / Edward Watts --
The old southwest: Mike Fink, Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, Johnson Jones Hooper, and George Washington Harris / David Rachels --
James Fenimore Cooper and the invention of the American novel / Wayne Franklin --
The sea: Herman Melville and Moby-Dick / Stephanie A. Smith --
National narrative and national history / Russ Castronovo.
Series Title: Blackwell companions to literature and culture.
Responsibility: edited by Shirley Samuels.
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A Companion to American Fiction 1780-1865 presents the current state of criticism in the field of American fiction from the earliest declarations of nationhood to secession and civil war.  Read more...

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