The American Novel 1870-1940: Volume 6

Hardcover | February 28, 2014

EditorPriscilla Wald, Michael A. Elliott

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The period of 1870 to 1940 saw the consolidation of the nation following the Civil War and the rise of the United States as a world power. The transformation of the novel during these years accompanied, registered, and in some cases promoted these changes. The era witnessed the emergence ofnew reading publics, new means of producing and distributing novels, and new forms and genres. The proliferation of anthologies and criticism encouraged contemporary novelists to see themselves as writing within-or against - a national tradition as well as mass culture. Complementing and challenging that sense of tradition, international aesthetic movements (such as Modernism) and political ones (such as Marxism) encouraged novelists to engage with artistic and political movements beyond the literary, and improved transportation increased the opportunity forcontact with formerly remote peoples and cultures. An expansive addition to the Oxford History of the Novel in English, this volume will highlight these developments within the context of global networks of influence and will cover topics like Reconstruction and the novel, the immigrantbildungsroman, early cinema and the novel, religious narratives, the innovations of Henry James, comics and the novel, and hardboiled detective fiction, among many others.

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The period of 1870 to 1940 saw the consolidation of the nation following the Civil War and the rise of the United States as a world power. The transformation of the novel during these years accompanied, registered, and in some cases promoted these changes. The era witnessed the emergence ofnew reading publics, new means of producing an...

Michael A. Elliott is Winship Research Distinguished Associate Professor of English at Emory University. He is the author of The Culture Concept: Writing and Difference in the Age of Realism (Minnesota, 2002) and Custerology: The Enduring Legacy of the Indian Wars and George Armstrong Custer (Chicago, 2007). Priscilla Wald is Professor...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:672 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.98 inPublished:February 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsList of ContributorsGeneral Editor's PrefacePriscilla Wald and Michael A. Elliott: IntroductionPart I: The Business of Fiction1. Sarah Robbins: Commodities and Celebrities2. Catherine Turner: The Business of Publishing American Novels3. Amy Blair: American Readers and Their NovelsPart II. The Novel, 1870-19144. Jonathan Arac: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn5. Jeannine DeLombard: The Novel and the Reconstruction Amendments6. Edlie Wong: Plessy and the Novel7. Augusta Rohrbach: Documenting the Real8. Betsy Klimasmith: Journalism and the Urban Novel9. Stephanie Foote: Geographic Fictions and the American Novel10. Jane Thrailkill: Science, Medicine, Technology and the Novel11. Claudia Stokes: The Religious Novel12. Gretchen Murphy: The Spanish-American War, U.S. Expansion, and the Novel13. Josh Miller: The Immigrant Novel14. Orm Overland: The American Novel Beyond English15. Jonathan Freedman: Henry James, the Novel, and the Mediascapes of Modernity16. John Michael: The Novel and the Early CinemaPart III: Genre Fiction and the Novel17. David Kazanjian: The Dime Novel18. Jared Gardner: Serial Fiction19. Caroline Levander: Fictionalizing Children, Children's Fiction20. Lenny Cassuto: The American Bestseller21. Lee Horsley: Crime and Detective Fiction22. Michael Moon: The Comics and the Novel23. Gerry Canavan: Novels of Utopia, Science Fiction, and FantasyPart IV: The Novel, 1915-194024. Mark Scorggins: Modernism and the International Novel25. Susan Hegeman: The Novel and the Rise of Social Science26. Sean Teuton: The Native Novel27. Paul Giles: The Novel After the Great War28. Zita Nunes: The Harlem Renaissance Novel29. Ramon Saldvar: Faulkner and the World Culture of the Global South30. Sonnet Retman: The Depression and the Novel31. Patrick Jagoda: Hollywood and the American Novel32. Mikko Tuhkanen: Native Son and Diasporic ModernityPart V: Critical Understandings33. Benjamin Balthaser and Shelley Streeby: Mass Culture, the Novel, and the American Left34. Elizabeth Renker: The Making of American Literature35. Paula Rabinowitz: The Future of the Novel and Public Criticism in Mid-Century America