The Social Impact of the Novel: A Reference Guide

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 393 pages

The novel has proven to be the premier literary form in the exploration of social ideas and protest. This reference guide is unique in providing concise information on 200 landmark novels and their impacts on society throughout history and around the world. The social issues of geographically organized countries are first plotted on a timeline. Each country's novels are then presented chronologically through lucid essays relating the works to their historical contexts and tracing their impact since publication. With an extensive section covering the rich historical tradition of the novel in North America, illuminating essays show how works such as The Grapes of Wrath, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and The Jungle protested specific conditions and evoked tangible changes in American policies and laws.

This volume surveys works written in or translated into English from 30 different countries throughout the world, including Senegal's So Long a Letter, Australia's coonardo, and the Chinese novel waves, which attacked Communism and its cultural revolution. Readers will discover fresh insights into familiar European works, such as the plight of poor middle-class women in Jane Eyre, and the exposure of socialist threat to individualism in Animal Farm and A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. Teachers using literature for interdisciplinary studies will find this guide helpful in identifying and researching essential works of world literature. Organization of information into four indexes, all keyed to entry numbers, facilitate easy access to specific titles, authors, geography, and issues. This guide can be used to research the development of both contemporary and historical social concerns in specific areas or to compare and contrast the treatment of issues such as feminism in the literature of different cultures. Further suggested readings are provided for each novel, along with a general appendix, Additional Protest Novels to Explore.

 

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Contents

Egypt
3
Kenya
7
Nigeria and Senegal
10
Somalia
15
South Africa
17
Zimbabwe
24
ASIA
27
China
29
Italy
191
Russia
198
Spain
213
NORTH AMERICA
223
Canada
225
Mexico
231
United States
234
19001939
263

India
38
Indonesia
43
Japan
46
AUSTRALIA
49
Australia
51
EUROPE
61
Czechoslovakia
63
England
69
18001899
75
19001999
102
France
125
18001899
135
19001999
151
Germany
165
Ireland
181
19401990
294
SOUTH AMERICA
327
Brazil
329
Chile
333
Colombia
336
Cuba
339
Peru
342
Trinidad
345
Additional Protest Novels
347
Author Index
353
Title Index
357
Geographical Index
361
Issues Index
365
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CLAUDIA DURST JOHNSON, former chairperson of English at the University of Alabama, is currently a freelance scholar and writer in Berkeley, California. She is the author of books on American history and literature, as well as theater history. She is also series editor for Greenwood Press's Exploring Social Issues through Literature Series and the Literature in Context Series, for which she has authored several volumes including Understanding To Kill A Mockinggird and Understanding The Grapes of Wrath.

VERNON JOHNSON, a graduate of Vanderbilt University, has wide experience as author, theater director, and professor of world literature. He is co-author of Understanding The Crucible. He now resides in Berkeley, California where he continues to write and teach.

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