A History of American Literature

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 23, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 912 pages
Updated throughout and with much new material, A History of American Literature, Second Edition, is the most up-to-date and comprehensive survey available of the myriad forms of American Literature from pre-Columbian times to the present.
  • The most comprehensive and up-to-date history of American literature available today
  • Covers fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction, as well as other forms of literature including folktale, spirituals, the detective story, the thriller, and science fiction
  • Explores the plural character of American literature, including the contributions made by African American, Native American, Hispanic and Asian American writers
  • Considers how our understanding of American literature has changed over the past?thirty years
  • Situates American literature in the contexts of American history, politics and society
  • Offers an invaluable introduction to American literature for students at all levels, academic and general readers
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Inventing Americas
The Making of American Selves
Realism and its Discontents
Language and Genre
Creating New Americas
American Literature since 9 11
Further Reading
Copyright

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Richard Gray is Professor of Literature at the University of Essex and former Distinguished Visiting Professor at a number of universities in the United States.  He is the first specialist in American literature to be elected a Fellow of the British Academy and has published over a dozen books on the topic, including the award-winning Writing the South: Ideas of an American Region (1986) and The Life of William Faulkner: A Critical Biography (1994). His History of American Literature (Blackwell, 2004) is widely considered to be one of the standard works on the subject.

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