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The Chronology Of American Literature

Author : Daniel S. Burt
ISBN : 0618168214
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Ranging from the colonial era to the present day, this authoritative reference encompasses the full range of American literary developments as it spotlights major and popular works of fiction, nonfiction, plays, and poetry; biographical profiles of authors; literary journals; and other trends, themes, award winners, and more.
Category: Literary Criticism

A Journey Through American Literature

Author : Kevin J. Hayes
ISBN : 9780199862061
Genre : Literary Criticism
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A spirited and lively introduction to American literature, this book acquaints readers with the key authors, works, and events in the nation's rich and ecclectic literary tradition.
Category: Literary Criticism

Calvinist Humor In American Literature

Author : Michael Dunne
ISBN : 9780807154618
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Though the phrase "Calvinist humor" may seem to be an oxymoron, Michael Dunne, in highly original and unfailingly interesting readings of major American fiction writers, uncovers and traces two recurrent strands of Calvinist humor descending from Puritan times far into the twentieth century. Calvinist doctrine views mankind as fallen, apt to engage in any number of imperfect behaviors. Calvinist humor, Dunne explains, consists in the perception of this imperfection. When we perceive that only others are imperfect, we participate in the form of Calvinist humor preferred by William Bradford and Nathanael West. When we perceive that others are imperfect, as we all are, we participate in the form preferred by Mark Twain and William Faulkner, for example. Either by noting their characters' inferiority or by observing ways in which we are all far from perfect, Dunne observes, American writers have found much to laugh about and many occasions for Calvinist humor. The two strains of Calvinist humor are alike in making the faults of others more important than their virtues. They differ in terms of what we might think of as the writer/perceiver's disposition: his or her willingness to recognize the same faults in him- or herself. In addition to Bradford, West, Twain and Faulkner, Dunne discovers Calvinist humor in the works of Flannery O'Connor, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ernest Hemingway, and many others. For these authors, the world -- and thus their fiction -- is populated with flawed creatures. Even after belief in orthodox Calvinism diminished in the twentieth century, Dunne discovers, American writers continued to mine these veins, irrespective of the authors' religious affiliations -- or lack of them. Dunne notes that even when these writers fail to accept the Calvinist view wholeheartedly, they still have a tendency to see some version of Calvinism as more attractive than an optimistic, idealistic view of life. With an eye for the telling detail and a wry humor of his own, Dunne clearly demonstrates that the fundamental Calvinist assumption -- that human beings are fallen from some putatively better state -- has had a surprising, lingering presence in American literature.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Cambridge Companion To American Literature Of The 1930s

Author : William Solomon
ISBN : 9781108429184
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Offers a timely introduction to the intersection of radical politics and American literature in the period of the Great Depression.
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Luso American Literature

Author : Robert Henry Moser
ISBN : 9780813550572
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Portuguese and Cape Verdean immigrants have had a significant presence in North America since the nineteenth century. Recently, Brazilians have also established vibrant communities in the U.S. This anthology brings together, for the first time in English, the writings of these diverse Portuguese-speaking, or "Luso-American" voices. Historically linked by language, colonial experience, and cultural influence, yet ethnically distinct, Luso-Americans have often been labeled an "invisible minority." This collection seeks to address this lacuna, with a broad mosaic of prose, poetry, essays, memoir, and other writings by more than fifty prominent literary figures--immigrants and their descendants, as well as exiles and sojourners. It is an unprecedented gathering of published, unpublished, forgotten, and translated writings by a transnational community that both defies the stereotypes of ethnic literature, and embodies the drama of the immigrant experience.
Category: Literary Criticism

Chronology Of American Indian History

Author : Liz Sonneborn
ISBN : 9781438109848
Genre : Indians of North America
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Presents a chronological history of Native Americans detailing significant events from ancient times and before 1492 to the present.
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The Cambridge History Of Latina O American Literature

Author : John Morán González
ISBN : 9781316872208
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The Cambridge History of Latina/o American Literature emphasizes the importance of understanding Latina/o literature not simply as a US ethnic phenomenon but more broadly as an important element of a trans-American literary imagination. Engaging with the dynamics of migration, linguistic and cultural translation, and the uneven distribution of resources across the Americas that characterize Latina/o literature, the essays in this History provide a critical overview of key texts, authors, themes, and contexts as discussed by leading scholars in the field. This book demonstrates the relevance of Latina/o literature for a world defined by the migration of people, commodities, and cultural expressions.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Cambridge Companion To American Fiction After 1945

Author : John N. Duvall
ISBN : 9780521196314
Genre : Literary Criticism
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A comprehensive 2011 guide to the genres, historical contexts, cultural diversity and major authors of American fiction since the Second World War.
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A Faulkner Chronology

Author : Michel Gresset
ISBN : 0878052291
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Offers a detailed outline of William Faulkner's life, including film assignments, publication of his works, and important correspondence
Category: Biography & Autobiography