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Title The Oxford handbook of nineteenth-century American literature / edited by Russ Castronovo
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 443 pages) : illustrations
Series Oxford handbooks
Oxford handbooks.
Contents Introduction: shifts, zigzags, impacts / Russ Castronovo -- Antipodean American geography: Washington Irving's "globular" narratives / Paul Giles -- The art of chaos: community and African American literary traditions / John Ernest -- Are "American novels" novels?: Mardi and the problem of boring books / Jordan Alexander Stein -- Reading race through disability: slavery and agency in Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson and "Those extraordinary twins" / Ellen Samuels -- The invention of Mexican America / Jesse Alemán -- Creole kinship: privacy and the novel in the New World / Nancy Bentley -- Looking at state violence: Lucy Parsons, José Martí, and Haymarket / Shelley Streeby -- Transatlantic vs. hemispheric: Toni Morrison's long nineteenth century / Anna Brickhouse -- Temporality, race, and empire in Cooper's The Deerslayer: the beginning of the end / Robert S. Levine -- The visible and invisible city: antebellum writers and urban space / Jeffrey Steele -- Animals and the formation of liberal subjectivity in nineteenth-century American literature / Colleen Glenney Boggs -- Archives of publishing and gender: historical codes in literary analysis / Shirley Samuels -- The novel as board game: homiletic identification and forms of interactive narrative / Gregory S. Jackson -- Skepticism in nineteenth-century American literature and philosophy / Maurice S. Lee -- On the redundancy of "transnational American studies" / Jared Hickman -- How to read: regionalism and the Ladies' Home Journal / Travis M. Foster -- Literature and the news / Elisa Tamarkin -- Reading minds in the nineteenth century / Paul Gilmore -- Making an example: American literature as philosophy / Elizabeth Duquette -- Abolition and activism: the present uses of literary criticism / James Dawes -- Whose protest novel? Ramona, the Uncle Tom's Cabin of the Indian / Susan Gillman -- Nineteenth-century American literature without nature? Rethinking environmental criticism / Stephanie Le Menager -- "Action, action, action": nineteenth-century literature for twenty-first-century citizenship? / Russ Castronovo, Dana D. Nelson
Summary How do we approach the rich field of nineteenth-century American literature? How might we recalibrate the coordinates of critical vision and open up new areas of investigation? To answer such questions, this volume brings together 23 original essays written by leading scholars in American literary studies. By examining specific novels, poems, essays, diaries and other literary examples, the authors confront head-on the implications, scope, and scale of their analysis. The chapters foreground methodological concerns to assess the challenges of transnational perspectives, disability studies, environmental criticism, affect studies, gender analysis, and other cutting-edge approaches. The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature is thus both critically incisive and sharply practical, inviting attention to how readers read, how critics critique, and how interpreters interpret. It offers forceful strategies for rethinking protest novels, women's writing, urban literature, slave narratives, and popular fiction, just to name a few of the wide array of topics and genres covered. This volume, rather than surveying established ideas in studies of nineteenth-century American literature, registers what is happening now and anticipates what will shape the field's future
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject American literature -- History and criticism -- 19th century.
American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Handboeken (vorm)
Form Electronic book
Author Castronovo, Russ, 1965-
ISBN 019994055X (OUP e-book)
9780199940554 (OUP e-book)
(hardcover ;) (acid-free paper)
(hardcover ;) (acid-free paper)
Other Titles Nineteenth-century American literature