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Conscience and purpose : fiction and social consciousness in Howells, Jewett, Chesnutt, and Cather

Author: Paul R Petrie
Publisher: Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, ©2005.
Series: Studies in American literary realism and naturalism.
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"In a series of influential essays that appeared in Harper's, W.D. Howells argued for literature as a vehicle for social change. Literature could and should, Howells suggested, mediate across divisions of class and region, fostering cross-cultural sympathies that would lead to comprehensive social and ethical reform." "Paul R. Petrie explores the legacy of Howells's beliefs as they manifest themselves in his fiction  Read more...
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Petrie, Paul R., 1964-
Conscience and purpose.
Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, ©2005
(OCoLC)607710282
Online version:
Petrie, Paul R., 1964-
Conscience and purpose.
Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, ©2005
(OCoLC)608417396
Named Person: Charles W Chesnutt; William Dean Howells; Sarah Orne Jewett; Willa Cather; Charles Waddell Chesnutt; William Dean Howells; Sarah Orne Jewett; Willa Cather; Willa Cather; Charles W Chesnutt; William Dean Howells; Sarah Orne Jewett; Willa Cather; Charles Waddell Chesnutt; William Dean Howells; Sarah Orne Jewett; William Dean Howells; Charles Waddell Chesnutt; Sarah Orne Jewett; Willa Cather
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul R Petrie
ISBN: 9780817314842 0817314849
OCLC Number: 58788870
Description: xvii, 234 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: W.D. Howells's literary antitheory : toward a social-ethical aesthetic in the Editor's study --
What is to be done? : Howells's social-ethical fiction --
"Unwritable things" : Sarah Orne Jewett's dual aesthetic in Deephaven and The country of the pointed firs --
Charles W. Chesnutt and the limits of literary mediation --
Willa Cather and the anti-realist uses of social reference --
Implications.
Series Title: Studies in American literary realism and naturalism.
Responsibility: Paul R. Petrie.
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