A Companion to American Literature and Culture
This expansive Companion offers a set of fresh perspectives on the wealth of texts produced in and around what is now the United States.
* Highlights the diverse voices that constitute American literature, embracing oral traditions, slave narratives, regional writing, literature of the environment, and more
* Demonstrates that American literature was multicultural before Europeans arrived on the continent, and even more so thereafter
* Offers three distinct paradigms for thinking about American literature, focusing on: genealogies of American literary study; writers and issues; and contemporary theories and practices
* Enables students and researchers to generate richer, more varied and more comprehensive readings of American literature