From Puritanism To Postmodernism: A History Of American Literature

Paperback | December 1, 1992

byMalcolm Bradbury, Richard Ruland

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From Modernist/Postmodernist perspective, leading critics Richard Ruland (American) and Malcolm Bradbury (British) address questions of literary and cultural nationalism. They demonstrate that since the seventeenth century, American writing has reflected the political and historical climate of its time and helped define America's cultural and social parameters. Above all, they argue that American literature has always been essentially "modern," illustrating this with a broad range of texts: from Poe and Melville to Fitzgerald and Pound, to Wallace Stevens, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Thomas Pynchon.

From Puritanism to Postmodernism pays homage to the luxuriance of American writing by tracing the creation of a national literature that retained its deep roots in European culture while striving to achieve cultural independence.

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From Modernist/Postmodernist perspective, leading critics Richard Ruland (American) and Malcolm Bradbury (British) address questions of literary and cultural nationalism. They demonstrate that since the seventeenth century, American writing has reflected the political and historical climate of its time and helped define America's cultu...

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From Modernist/Postmodernist perspective, leading critics Richard Ruland (American) and Malcolm Bradbury (British) address questions of literary and cultural nationalism. They demonstrate that since the seventeenth century, American writing has reflected the political and historical climate of its time and helped define America’s cultu...

Malcolm Bradbury is a novelist, critic, television dramatist and Emeritus Professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia. He is author of the novels Eating People is Wrong (1959); Stepping Westward (1965); The History Man (1975); which won the Royal Society of Literature Heinemann Prize and was adapted as a famous tel...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.8 inPublished:December 1, 1992Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140144358

ISBN - 13:9780140144352

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

Preface
Part I. The Literature of British America
1. The Puritan Legacy
2. Awakening and Enlightenment
Part II. From Colonial Outpost to Cultural Province
3. Revolution and (In)Dependence
4. American Naissance
5. Yea-saying and Nay-saying
Part III. Native and Cosmopolitan Crosscurrents: From Local Color to Realism and Naturalism
6. Secession and Loyalty
7. Muckrakers and Early Moderns
Part IV. Modernism in the American Grain
8. Outland Darts and Homemade Worlds
9. The Second Flowering
10. Radical Reassessments
11. Strange Realities, Adequate Fictions
Index