A Companion to the Modern American Novel 1900 - 1950

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John T. Matthews
Wiley, Apr 27, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 616 pages
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This cutting-edge Companion is a comprehensive resource for the study of the modern American novel. Published at a time when literary modernism is being thoroughly reassessed, it reflects current investigations into the origins and character of the movement as a whole.

  • Brings together 28 original essays from leading scholars
  • Allows readers to orient individual works and authors in their principal cultural and social contexts
  • Contributes to efforts to recover minority voices, such as those of African American novelists, and popular subgenres, such as detective fiction
  • Directs students to major relevant scholarship for further inquiry
  • Suggests the many ways that “modern”, “American” and “fiction” carry new meanings in the twenty-first century

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About the author (2009)

John T. Matthews is Professor of English and American Studies at Boston University. His publications include William Faulkner: Seeing Through the South (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009); "The Sound and the Fury": Faulkner and the Lost Cause (1990); The Play of Faulkner's Language (1982); and numerous articles and chapters on Faulkner, including recent essays in Look Away! The U.S. South and New World Studies (2004) and American Literary History (2004). He is currently working on a study of the problem of the South in the modern American imagination. Matthews was a founding coeditor of The Faulkner Journal and serves on editorial boards for the New Southern Studies Series, Arizona Quarterly, Modern Fiction Studies, and The Mississippi Quarterly.

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