Modern American Literature

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Edinburgh University Press, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 324 pages
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An incisive study of modern American literature, casting new light on its origins and themes. Exploring canonical American writers such as Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner alongside less familiar writers like Djuna Barnes and Susan Glaspell, the guide takes readers though a diverse literary landscape. It considers how the rise of the American metropolis contributed to the growth of American modernism; and also examines the ways in which regional writers responded to an accelerated American modernity. Taking in African American modernism, cultural and geographical exile, as well as developments in modern American drama, the guide introduces readers to current critical trends in modernist studies.

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  • Presents American literary modernism as emerging from a broad intellectual and philosophical landscape
  • Extends the timeframe, definition and intellectual parameters of American modernism
  • Provides close critical and contextual analysis of more than thirty American writers and key texts including Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Djuna Barnes's Nightwood, and T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land
  

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Contents

Chicago 1893
1
1 The Making of AmericanModernism
9
The Birth of the Modern Metropolis
56
3 Regional American Modernism
104
The Lost Generation
147
African American Modernism
189
6 Make it New Experiments in Poetry and Drama
237
New York 1939
285
Student Resources
290
Index
319
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Catherine Morley is Lecturer, School of English at the University of Leicester.

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