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|Additional Physical Format:||Print version:
Gray, Richard J.
History of American literature.
Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011
|Material Type:||Document, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Internet Resource, Computer File|
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|ISBN:||9781444345704 1444345702 9781444345674 1444345672|
|Description:||1 online resource (xii, 913 pages)|
|Contents:||Acknowledgments xi <p>1 The First Americans: American Literature Before and Duringthe Colonial and Revolutionary Periods 1 <p>Imagining Eden 1 <p>Native American Oral Traditions 4 <p>Spanish and French Encounters with America 14 <p>Anglo-American Encounters 21 <p>Writing of the Colonial and Revolutionary Periods 27 <p>Puritan narratives 28 <p>Challenges to the Puritan oligarchy 32 <p>Some colonial poetry 36 <p>Enemies within and without 44 <p>Trends toward the secular and resistance 48 <p>Toward the Revolution 60 <p>Alternative voices of Revolution 69 <p>Writing Revolution: Poetry, drama, fiction 75 <p>2 Inventing Americas: The Making of American Literature,1800 1865 88 <p>Making a Nation 88 <p>The Making of American Myths 92 <p>Myths of an emerging nation 92 <p>The making of Western myth 95 <p>The making of Southern myth 105 <p>Legends of the Old Southwest 109 <p>The Making of American Selves 114 <p>The Transcendentalists 114 <p>Voices of African-American identity 126 <p>The Making of Many Americas 133 <p>Native American writing 134 <p>Oral culture of the Hispanic Southwest 139 <p>African-American polemic and poetry 141 <p>Abolitionist and pro-slavery writing 145 <p>Abolitionism and feminism 154 <p>African-American writing 161 <p>The Making of an American Fiction and Poetry 171 <p>The emergence of American narratives 171 <p>Women writers and storytellers 190 <p>Spirituals and folk songs 196 <p>American poetic voices 199 <p>3 Reconstructing the Past, Reimagining the Future: TheDevelopment of American Literature, 1865 1900 219 <p>Rebuilding a Nation 219 <p>The Development of Literary Regionalism 224 <p>From Adam to outsider 224 <p>Regionalism in the West and Midwest 231 <p>African-American and Native American voices 233 <p>Regionalism in New England 235 <p>Regionalism in the South 239 <p>The Development of Literary Realism and Naturalism 255 <p>Capturing the commonplace 255 <p>Capturing the real thing 259 <p>Toward Naturalism 269 <p>The Development of Women's Writing 281 <p>Writing by African-American women 281 <p>Writing and the condition of women 284 <p>The Development of Many Americas 290 <p>Things fall apart 290 <p>Voices of resistance 293 <p>Voices of reform 295 <p>The immigrant encounter 299 <p>4 Making It New: The Emergence of Modern American Literature,1900 1945 308 <p>Changing National Identities 308 <p>Between Victorianism and Modernism 320 <p>The problem of race 320 <p>Building bridges: Women writers 326 <p>Critiques of American provincial life 336 <p>Poetry and the search for form 345 <p>The Inventions of Modernism 359 <p>Imagism, Vorticism, and Objectivism 359 <p>Making it new in poetry 367 <p>Making it new in prose 397 <p>Making it new in drama 420 <p>Traditionalism, Politics, and Prophecy 431 <p>The uses of traditionalism 431 <p>Populism and radicalism 446 <p>Prophetic voices 462 <p>Community and Identity 466 <p>Immigrant writing 466 <p>Native American voices 472 <p>The literature of the New Negro movement and beyond476 <p>Mass Culture and the Writer 503 <p>Western, detective, and hardboiled fiction 503 <p>Humorous writing 509 <p>Fiction and popular culture 512 <p>5 Negotiating the American Century: American Literature since1945 519 <p>Toward a Transnational Nation 519 <p>Formalists and Confessionals 532 <p>From the mythological eye to the lonely "I" in poetry532 <p>From formalism to freedom in poetry 540 <p>The uses of formalism 548 <p>Confessional poetry 554 <p>New formalists, new confessionals 563 <p>Public and Private Histories 568 <p>Documentary and dream in prose 568 <p>Contested identities in prose 576 <p>Crossing borders: Some women prose writers 588 <p>Beats, Prophets, Aesthetes, and New Formalists 599 <p>Rediscovering the American voice: The Black Mountainwriters 599 <p>Restoring the American vision: The San FranciscoRenaissance 606 <p>Recreating American rhythms: The beat generation 610 <p>Reinventing the American self: The New York poets 615 <p>Redefining American poetry: The New Formalists 623 <p>Resisting orthodoxy: Dissent and experiment in fiction631 <p>The Art and Politics of Race 640 <p>Defining a new black aesthetic 640 <p>Defining a new black identity in prose 651 <p>Defining a new black identity in drama 663 <p>Telling impossible stories: Recent African-Americanfiction 668 <p>Realism and its Discontents 678 <p>Confronting the real, stretching the realistic in drama678 <p>New Journalists and dirty realists 700 <p>Language and Genre 705 <p>Watching nothing: Postmodernity in prose 705 <p>The actuality of words: Postmodern poetry 720 <p>Signs and scenes of crime, science fiction, and fantasy727 <p>Creating New Americas 740 <p>Dreaming history: European immigrant writing 740 <p>Remapping a nation: Chicano/a and Latino/a writing748 <p>Improvising America: Asian-American writing 763 <p>New and ancient songs: The return of the Native American779 <p>After the Fall: American Literature since 9/11 795 <p>Writing the crisis in prose 795 <p>Writing the crisis in drama 809 <p>Writing the crisis in poetry 816 <p>Further Reading 829 <p>Index 857|
"Richard Gray's real achievement is somehow to have compressed more than 400 years of thrillingly rich literary history between two covers." Literary Review "This book is the first comprehensive,