First published between 1982 and 1983, this series examines the peculiarly American cultural context out of which the nation’s literature has developed. Covering the years from 1865 to 1900, this third volume of American Literature in Context focuses on the struggles of American writers to make sense of their rapidly changing world. In addition to such major figures as Walt Whitman, Henry James, Emily Dickinson and Mark Twain, it analyses the writings of an unorthodox economist (Henry George), a Utopian reformer (Edward Bellamy) and a critical sociologist (Thorstein Veblen). Particular attention is paid to the challenge to conventional literary and cultural values represented by writers such as William Dean Howell who pursued a new form of scientific, democratic realism in American writing.
This book will be of interest to those studying American literature and American studies.
General Editor’s Preface; Introduction; 1. Walt Whitman 2. Henry George 3. Henry James 4. Emily Dickinson 5. Mark Twain 6. William Dean Howells 7. Edward Bellamy 8. Hamlin Garland 9. Stephen Crane 10. Harold Frederic 11. Frank Norris 12. Kate Chopin 13. Thorstein Veblen 14. Theodore Dreiser; Index
First published between 1982 and 1983, this series examines the peculiarly American cultural context out of which the nation’s literature has developed. Covering the years from 1620-1930, these four volumes present a coherent, consecutive and comprehensive sequence of interpretations of major American texts, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama. Every chapter includes an extract from the chosen text which serves as a springboard for wider discussion and analysis. Each analysis demonstrates how students can move into and then from the pages of literature to a consideration of the whole text, and thence to an understanding of the author’s oeuvre and of the cultural moment in which he or she lived and wrote.
This set will be a valuable resource for students of American literature and American studies.