A Companion to American Literature, 3 Volume Set

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Susan Belasco, Theresa Strouth Gaul, Linck Johnson, Michael Soto
Wiley, May 4, 2020 - Literary Criticism - 1864 pages

A comprehensive, chronological overview of American literature in three scholarly and authoritative volumes

A Companion to American Literature traces the history and development of American literature from its early origins in Native American oral tradition to 21st century digital literature. This comprehensive three-volume set brings together contributions from a diverse international team of accomplished young scholars and established figures in the field. Contributors explore a broad range of topics in historical, cultural, political, geographic, and technological contexts, engaging the work of both well-known and non-canonical writers of every period.

Volume One is an inclusive and geographically expansive examination of early American literature, applying a range of cultural and historical approaches and theoretical models to a dramatically expanded canon of texts. Volume Two covers American literature between 1820 and 1914, focusing on the development of print culture and the literary marketplace, the emergence of various literary movements, and the impact of social and historical events on writers and writings of the period. Spanning the 20th and early 21st centuries, Volume Three studies traditional areas of American literature as well as the literature from previously marginalized groups and contemporary writers often overlooked by scholars. This inclusive and comprehensive study of American literature:

  • Examines the influences of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and disability on American literature
  • Discusses the role of technology in book production and circulation, the rise of literacy, and changing reading practices and literary forms
  • Explores a wide range of writings in multiple genres, including novels, short stories, dramas, and a variety of poetic forms, as well as autobiographies, essays, lectures, diaries, journals, letters, sermons, histories, and graphic narratives.
  • Provides a thematic index that groups chapters by contexts and illustrates their links across different traditional chronological boundaries

A Companion to American Literature is a valuable resource for students coming to the subject for the first time or preparing for field examinations, instructors in American literature courses, and scholars with more specialized interests in specific authors, genres, movements, or periods.

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About the author (2020)

Susan Belasco is Professor Emerita and former Chair of the Department of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Theresa Strouth Gaul is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas.

Linck Johnson is the Charles A. Dana Professor of English at Colgate University, Hamilton, New York.

Michael Soto is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of English at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas.

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