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A Short Literary History of the United States

ISBN 9780415742177
Published May 27, 2014 by Routledge
210 Pages

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Book Description

A Short Literary History of the United States offers an introduction to American Literature for students who want to acquaint themselves with the most important periods, authors, and works of American literary history. Comprehensive yet concise, it provides an essential overview of the different currents in American literature in an accessible, engaging style. This book features:

  • the pre-colonial era to the present, including new media formats
  • the evolution of literary traditions, themes, and aesthetics
  • readings of individual texts, contextualized within American cultural history
  • literary theory in the United States
  • a core reading list in American Literature
  • an extended glossary and study aid.

This book is ideal as a companion to courses in American Literature and American Studies, or as a study aid for exams.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Discovery narratives 2. Colonial literature 3. Literature of the Early Republic 4. Transcendentalism 5. American Renaissance 6. Gilded Age—Realism 7. Modernism 8. Postmodernism 9. Ethnic Voices 10. Literary theory in the United States  Glossary  Suggested further reading  Author and title index  Subject index

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Mario Klarer is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.