The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism by Keith Newlin

The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism

EditorKeith Newlin

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The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism offers twenty-eight original essays about an important genre that typically depicts human beings as the product of biological and environmental forces over which they have little control. Drawing upon recent scholarship as well asinnovations in cultural studies, contributors offer an authoritative and in-depth reassessment of a genre that included writers from Stephen Crane, Frank Norris, Theodore Dreiser, and Jack London to Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, Upton Sinclair, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Richard Wright, JoyceCarol Oates, Cormac McCarthy, and Don DeLillo. Organized by topic and theme, essays explore the contexts that prompted the origins of the genre, the problem of definition and the interconnections with other genres, and the scientific and philosophical background. Others examine the tensions with the genre - the role of women andAfrican-American writers, depictions of sexuality, the problem of race, the critique of commodity culture and class, and the continuing presence of naturalism in twentieth- and twenty-first century fiction. Contributors also consider the role of the marketplace in the development of naturalism aswell as the popular and critical response and the influence of naturalism in the other arts.

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Keith Newlin is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he teaches courses in American literary realism and naturalism, American modernism, and American drama. The author or editor of ten books, recent books include Hamlin Garland, A Life (2008) and, as editor, A Summer t...
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Title:The Oxford Handbook of American Literary NaturalismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:640 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.98 inPublished:April 7, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Keith Newlin: IntroductionPart 1: Contexts1. Zena Meadowsong: Romancing the Machine: American Naturalism in Transatlantic Context2. Richard Lehan: The Response to Power in American Literary Naturalism: Visions and Revisions that Transformed a Narrative Mode3. Bert Bender: Nature in NaturalismPart 2: Naturalism and Genre4. Eric Carl Link: Defining American Literary Naturalism5. June Howard: Sand in Your Mouth: Naturalism and Other Genres6. Keith Newlin: The Documentary Strategies of NaturalismPart 3: The Scientific and Philosophic Background7. Ian F. Roberts: Determinism, Free will, and Moral Responsibility in American Literary Naturalism8. Rick Armstrong: 'First Principles of Morals': Evolutionary Morality and American Naturalism9. Steven Frye: Naturalism and Religion10. Gina M. Rossetti: Things Fall Apart: Degeneration and Atavism in American Literary Naturalism11. Stephen C. Brennan: American Literary Naturalism and Psychology12. Jeff P. Turpin: American Naturalism and Modern Evolutionary PsychologyPart 4: Naturalist Tensions13. Donna m. Campbell: Women Writers and Naturalism14. Linda Kornasky: American Literary Naturalism and Sexuality15. John Dudley: African American Writers and Naturalism16. Jeanne Campbell Reesman: Naturalism and Racialism17. Mary E. Papke: Naturalism and Commodity Culture18. Jude Davies: Naturalism and Class19. James Giles: The Grotesque City, the City of Excess, and the City of Exile20. Gary Scharnhorst: Naturalism and CrimePart 5: Naturalism and the Marketplace21. Charles Johanningsmeier: Naturalist Authors and the American Literary Marketplace22. Carol S. Loranger: Consolation, Affirmation, and Convention: The Popular Reception of American Naturalist Texts23. Kevin J. Hayes: Editing Naturalism24. Christophe Den Tandt: Refashioning American Literary Naturalism: Critical Trends at the Turn of the Twenty-First CenturyPart 6: Naturalism and the Other Arts25. Robert M. Dowling: Sad Endings and Negative Heroes: The Naturalist Tradition in American Drama26. Christopher Beyers: Naturalism and Poetry27. Donald Pizer: Naturalism and the Visual Arts28. Jeff Jaeckle: American Literary Naturalism and Film Noir