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A journey through American literature

Author: Kevin J Hayes
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A vivid snapshot of America's kaleidoscopic literary tradition, A Journey Through American Literature illuminates the authors, works, and events that have shaped our cultural heritage. Kevin J. Hayes charts this history through a series of approachable thematic chapters-Narrative Voice and the Short Story, the Drama of the Everyday, the Great American Novel-that reveal the richness of American literature while  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin J Hayes
ISBN: 9780199862061 0199862060
OCLC Number: 732627297
Description: xvi, 220 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Beginnings --
Travels --
Autobiography --
Narrative voice and the short story --
Poetry --
The drama of the everyday --
The great American novel --
Endings.
Responsibility: Kevin J. Hayes.
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A spirited and lively introduction to American literature, this book acquaints readers with the key authors, works, and events in the nation's rich and ecclectic literary tradition.  Read more...

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"Hayes has read widely and deeply and commands his material always. Organizing the material by genre and sub-genre rather than strictly by chronology makes the work highly readable and original." Read more...

 
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