A Companion to the Modern American Novel 1900 - 1950 (Google eBook)

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John T. Matthews
John Wiley & Sons, 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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Contents

An Economic History of the United States 19001950
1
The Changing Status of Women 19001950
13
The Status of African Americans 19001950
31
Pragmatism Power and the Politics of Aesthetic Experience
56
Class and Sex in American Fiction From Casual Laborers to Accidental Desires
73
Jazz From the Gutter to the Mainstream
91
French Visual Humanisms and the American Style
116
Early Literary Modernism
141
AfricanAmerican Modernisms
306
Ethnic Modernism
324
The Proletarian Novel
353
Revolutionary Sentiments Modern American Domestic Fiction and the Rise of the Welfare State
367
Lesbian Fiction 19001950
392
The Gay Novel in the United States 19001950
414
The Popular Western
437
TwentiethCentury American Crime and Detective Fiction
454

Naturalism TurnoftheCentury Modernism
160
Money and Things Capitalist Realism Anxiety and Social Critique in Works by Hemingway Wharton and Fitzgerald
181
Chronic Modernism
202
New Regionalisms Literature and Uneven Development
218
The Possibilities of HardWon Land Midwestern Modernism and the Novel
240
Writing the Modern South
266
What Was High About Modernism? The American Novel and Modernity
282
What Price Hollywood? Modern American Writers and the Movies
466
The Belated Tradition of AsianAmerican Modernism
496
Modernism and Protopostmodernism
518
The Modern Novel in a New World Context
535
Reheated Figures Five Ways of Looking at Leftovers
554
Index
579
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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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