The Genesis of the Chicago Renaissance

Theodore Dreiser, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and James T. Farrell

By Mary Hricko

© 2009 – Routledge

230 pages

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About the Book

This study examines the genesis of Chicago's two identified literary renaissance periods (1890-1920 and 1930-1950) through the writings of Dreiser, Hughes, Wright, and Farrell. The relationship of these four writers demonstrates a continuity of thought between the two renaissance periods. By noting the affinities of these writers, patterns such as the rise of the city novel, the development of urban realism, and the shift to modernism are identified as significant connections between the two periods. Although Dreiser, Wright, and Farrell are more commonly thought of as Chicago writers, this study argues that Langston Hughes is a transitional, pivotal figure between the two periods. Through close readings and contextualization, the influence of Chicago writing on American literature--in such areas as realism and naturalism, as well as proletarian and ethnic fiction--becomes apparent.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter One: Theodore Dreiser

Chapter Two: Langston Hughes

Chapter Three: Richard Wright

Chapter Four: James T. Farrell

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

Mary Hricko is an Associate Professor, Library & Media Services at Kent State University where she serves as the Library Director at the KSU Geauga Campus.

About the Series

Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT004020
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General