A History of American Literature

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

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In this scholarly but accessible history of American literature, subject specialist Gray (Univ. of Essex) covers the entire range of periods and genres, beginning with Native American oral traditions ... Read full review

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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 Universityof Essex and former Distinguished Visiting Professor at a number ofuniversities in the United States.  He is the first specialistin American literature to be elected a Fellow of the BritishAcademy and has published over a dozen books on the topic,including the award-winning Writing the South: Ideas of anAmerican Region (1986) and The Life of WilliamFaulkner: A Critical Biography (1994). His History ofAmerican Literature (Blackwell, 2004) is widely considered tobe one of the standard works on the subject.

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