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The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism

Author: Keith Newlin
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2011.
Series: Oxford handbooks.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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After its heydey in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, naturalism--a genre that typically depicts human beings as the product of biological and environmental forces over which they have little control--was supplanted by modernism, a genre in which writers experimented with innovations in form and content. In the last decade, the movement is again attracting spirited scholarly debate. This book takes  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Keith Newlin
ISBN: 9780195368932 0195368932
OCLC Number: 608035184
Language Note: English.
Description: xiii, 521 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: The naturalistic imagination and the aesthetics of excess / Keith Newlin --
Romancing the machine : American naturalism in transatlantic context / Zena Meadowsong --
The response to power in American literary naturalism : Visions and revisions that transformed a narrative mode / Richard Lehan --
Nature in naturalism / Bert Bender --
Defining American literary naturalism / Eric Carl Link --
Sand in your mouth : Naturalism and other genres / June Howard --
The documentary strategies of naturalism / Keith Newlin --
Determinism, free will, and moral responsibility in American literary naturalism / Ian F. Roberts --
"First principles of morals" : Evolutionary morality and American naturalism / Rick Armstrong --
Naturalism and religion / Steven Frye --
Things fall apart : Degeneration and atavism in American literary naturalism / Gina M. Rossetti --
American literary naturalism and psychology / Stephen C. Brennan --
American naturalism and modern evolutionary psychology / Jeff P. Turpin --
Women writers and naturalism / Donna M. Campbell --
American literary naturalism and sexuality / Linda Kornasky --
African American writers and naturalism / John Dudley --
Race and naturalism in the short fiction of Norris, Crane, and London / Jeanne Campbell Reesman --
Naturalism and commodity culture / Mary E. Papke --
Naturalism and class / Jude Davies --
The grotesque city, the city of excess, and the city of exile / James R. Giles --
Naturalism and crime / Gary Scharnhorst --
Naturalist authors and the American literary marketplace / Charles Johanningsmeier --
Consolation, affirmation, and convention : The popular reception of American naturalist texts / Carol S. Loranger --
Editing naturalism / Kevin J. Hayes --
Refashioning American literary naturalism : Critical trends at the turn of the twenty-first century / Christophe Den Tandt --
Sad endings and negative heroes : The naturalist tradition in American drama / Robert M. Dowling --
Naturalism and poetry / Chris Beyers --
Naturalism and the visual arts / Donald Pizer --
American literary naturalism and film noir / Jeff Jaeckle.
Series Title: Oxford handbooks.
Other Titles: Handbook of American Literary Naturalism
American Literary Naturalism
Responsibility: edited by Keith Newlin.
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After its heydey in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, naturalism--a genre that typically depicts human beings as the product of biological and environmental forces over which they have little control--was supplanted by modernism, a genre in which writers experimented with innovations in form and content. In the last decade, the movement is again attracting spirited scholarly debate. This book takes stock of the best new research in the field through collecting twenty-eight original essays drawing upon recent scholarship in literary and cultural studies. The contributors offer an reassessment of writers from Stephen Crane, Frank Norris, Theodore Dreiser, and Jack London to Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, Ernest Hemingway, Richard Wright, John Steinbeck, Joyce Carol Oates, and Cormac McCarthy. One set of essays focuses on the genre itself, exploring the historical contexts that gave birth to it, the problem of definition, its interconnections with other genres, the scientific and philosophical ideas that motivate naturalist authors, and the continuing presence of naturalism in twenty-first century fiction. Others examine the tensions within the genre--the role of women and African-American writers, depictions of sexuality, the problem of race, and the critique of commodity culture and class. A final set of essays looks beyond the works to consider the role of the market place in the development of naturalism, the popular and critical response to individual writers, and the influence of naturalism in the other arts.

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