Narrating Class In American Fiction

Hardcover | January 13, 2009

byW. Dow

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With a fresh and exciting perspective, Narrating Class in American Fiction offers close readings of American fiction from 1850-1940 in the context of literary and political history to illuminate the class discourses of its writers. Dow skillfully argues that the place of class in literary analysis has far to go in catching up to the panoply of “canonical” textual approaches. This book explores the uneasy attention American authors gave to class in their production of social identities and fills a gap in American literature scholarship.

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With a fresh and exciting perspective, Narrating Class in American Fiction offers close readings of American fiction from 1850-1940 in the context of literary and political history to illuminate the class discourses of its writers. Dow skillfully argues that the place of class in literary analysis has far to go in catching up to the pa...

William Dow is Professor of American Literature at the Université de Paris Est (Marne-la-Vallée) and teaches at The American University of  Paris. He is the Managing Editor of Literary Journalism Studies and has published articles in such journals as Publications of the Modern Language Association, The Emily Dickinson Journal, Twentie...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:January 13, 2009Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230609821

ISBN - 13:9780230609822

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“Like his writers, Dow combines ‘craft consciousness and class consciousness.’ He is especially good in his chapters on Whitman, Le Sueur, Agee, and his sections on literary journalism. Narrating Class in American Fiction is balanced and perceptive, one of the best of the recent studies of literature and class in America.”--Robert Shulman, Emeritus Professor of English, University of Washington "Narrating Class in American Fiction engages us in more than one way. Not only does it make an important and insightful contribution to the scholarship on the issue of class in American literature, but it also provides a welcome and long overdue examination of the influence of journalism on American literature. For too long those connections have remained largely unexamined. Now Dow's book eloquently provides insight into how literary journalism helped to shape the work of such authors as Whitman, Crane, and London. Equally important, he contributes to restoring the importance of such authors as Rebecca Harding Davis, Meridel Le Sueur, Zora Neale Hurston, and Agnes Smedley, again through the prism of how their journalistically infused literature and literary journalism ultimately shaped their literary visions. Narrating Class in American Fiction is to be commended for helping fill the void of a history we have long been denied.”--John C. Hartsock, SUNY Cortland and the author of A History of American Literary Journalism