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"This expansive better half to American Literature offers a collection of clean views, a few comparable, a few dissonant, at the wealth of texts produced in and round what's now the USA. Written by way of specialists within the box, the spouse embraces the numerous diversified voices that represent American literature, from slave narratives and oral stories to nearby writing and literature of our environment. It Read more...

content material: record of members. advent (Paul Lauter). half A Genealogies of yank Literary examine. 1 The Emergence of the Literatures of the U.S. (Emory Elliott). 2 Politics, Sentiment, and Literature in Nineteenth-Century the USA (John Carlos Rowe). three Making It New: buildings of Modernism (Carla Kaplan). four Academicizing "American Literature" (Elizabeth Renker). five chilly warfare and tradition conflict (Christopher Newfield). 6 Re-Historicizing Literature (T.V. Reed). 7 Multiculturalism and Forging New Canons (Shelley Streeby). half B Writers and matters. eight Indigenous Oral Traditions of North the United States, Then and Now (Lisa Brooks (Abenaki)). nine the hot Worlds and the previous: Transatlantic Politics of Conversion (Susan Castillo and Ivy Schweitzer). 10 Unspeakable Fears: Politics and elegance within the Enlightenment (Frank Shuffelton). eleven Slave Narrative and Captivity Narrative: American Genres (Gordon M. Sayre). 12 The Early Republic: varieties and Readers (Trish Loughran). thirteen "Indians" developed and talking (Scott Richard Lyons). 14 Sentiment and magnificence (Tara Penry). 15 Transcendental Politics (Paul Lauter). sixteen Melville, Whitman, and the Tribulations of Democracy (Betsy Erkkila). 17 Emily Dickinson and Her friends (Paula Bernat Bennett). 18 Race and Literary Politics (Frances Smith Foster and Cassandra Jackson). 19 American Regionalism (Susan ok. Harris). 20 Magazines and Fictions (Ellen Gruber Garvey). 21 Realism and Victorian Protestantism in African American Literature (Phillip M. Richards). 22 The Maturation of yank Fictions (Gary Scharnhorst). 23 Making It New: buildings of Modernisms (Heinz Ickstadt). 24 Wests, Westerns, Westerners (Martha Viehmann). 25 The Early sleek Writers of the USA South (John Lowe). 26 Writers at the Left (Alan Wald). 27 From Objectivism to the Haight (Charles Molesworth). 28 New Aestheticisms: the Artfulness of artwork (Stephen Burt). 29 Drama in American tradition (Brenda Murphy). half C modern Theories and Practices. 30 structures of "Ethnicity" and "Diasporas" (Aviva Taubenfeld). 31 Narrating Terror and Trauma: Racial Formations and "Homeland safety" in Ethnic American Literature (Shirley Geok-lin Lim). 32 Feminisms and Literatures (Deborah S. Rosenfelt). 33 Blackness/Whiteness (James Smethurst). 34 Borderlands: Ethnicity, Multiculturalism, and Hybridity (Ana Maria Manzanas and Jesus Benito Sanchez). 35 Literature-and-Environment experiences and the impact of the Environmental Justice stream (Joni Adamson). 36 Endowed by means of Their writer: Queer American Literature (David Bergman). 37 modern local American Fiction as Resistance Literature (Arnold Krupat and Michael A. Elliott). 38 From Virgin Land to flooring 0: Interrogating the Mythological Foundations of the grasp Fiction of the fatherland safety kingdom (Donald Pease). Afterword (Paul Lauter). Index.
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The deeper, unacknowledged reason for such erasure was the compelling desire in the United States between the 1880s and the 1960s to imagine the country to be a homogenous nation of white northern Europeans and their descendants. To acknowledge a literary history of two centuries of abundant texts written in America in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Dutch, would be to recognize a multicultural national origin and heritage that many in the United States in the twentieth century sought to silence and erase.

This ideological work is even more remarkable for Douglas because it was done at a time in which social and political conditions for women were changing dramatically. Sentimental literature thus discouraged progressive movements, she argues, including women’s rights and abolition. Although Douglas’s thesis has been challenged by many scholars, it still has considerable validity for a wide range of sentimental works by women writers following politically conservative agendas. Susan Warner’s The Wide, Wide World (1850) charts Ellen Montgomery’s drudgery working as a virtual servant for her aunt in upstate New York, offering her redemption only through Presbyterianism and her engagement to the aspiring minister John Dolan.

Through a process of spiritualizing her narrative, she transforms this personal tragedy and her strength in dealing with it into a lesson for others on the power of God’s grace. Of great significance for the Puritans was how they read their own communal errand or mission into the wilderness of New England. Identifying themselves with the Old Testament Hebrews in such works as Edward Johnson’s Wonder-Working Providence (1654), Cotton Mather’s Magnalia Christi Americana (1702), they identified their leaders with Biblical figures, the Atlantic with the Red Sea, and the American wilderness as the howling deserts of Egypt.

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