The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 5: The American Novel from Its Beginnings to 1870

Hardcover | August 8, 2014

EditorJ. Gerald Kennedy, Leland Person

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The American Revolution and the Civil War bracket roughly eight decades of formative change in a republic created in 1776 by a gesture that was both rhetorical and performative. The subsequent construction of U.S. national identity influenced virtually all art forms, especially prose fiction,until internal conflict disrupted the project of nation-building. This volume reassesses, in an authoritative way, the principal forms and features of the emerging American novel. It will include chapters on: the beginnings of the novel in the US; the novel and nation-building; the publishing industry; leading novelists of Antebellum America; eminent early American novels; cultural influences on the novel; and subgenres within the novel form during this period. This book isthe first of the three proposed US volumes that will make up Oxford's ambitious new eleven-volume literary resource, The Oxford History of the Novel in English (OHONE), a venture being commissioned and administered on both sides of the Atlantic.

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The American Revolution and the Civil War bracket roughly eight decades of formative change in a republic created in 1776 by a gesture that was both rhetorical and performative. The subsequent construction of U.S. national identity influenced virtually all art forms, especially prose fiction,until internal conflict disrupted the projec...

J. Gerald Kennedy is William A. Read Professor of English at Louisiana State University and author of Poe, Death, and the Life of Writing and Imagining Paris: Exile, Writing, and American Identity. He has edited four collections (two for OUP) and editions of Poe and Black Hawk. Leland S. Person is Professor of English at the Universit...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:640 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.98 inPublished:August 8, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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J. Gerald Kennedy and Leland S. Person: "Introduction: The American Novel to 1870"Part 1: The Beginnings of the Novel in the United States1. Betsy Erkkil: "Before the American Novel"2. Karen A. Weyler: "The Sentimental Novel and the Seductions of Post-Colonial Imitation"3. Marion Rust: "Complementary Strangers: Charles Brockden Brown, Susanna Rowson, and the Early American Sentimental Gothic"4. Ed White: "Trends and Patterns in the US Novel, 1800-1820"5. Leonard Tennenhouse: "Unsettling Novels of the Early Republic"Part 2: The Novel and American Nation-building6. Fiona Robertson: "Walter Scott and the American Historical Novel"7. Joseph J. Letter: "Revolutionary Novels and the Problem of Literary Nationalism"8. Dana D. Nelson: "Frontier Novels, Border Wars, and Indian Removal"9. J. Gerald Kennedy: "America's Europe: Irving, Poe, and the 'Foreign Subject'"Part 3: The American Publishing World and the Novel10. Michael Winship: "Publishers, Booksellers, and the Literary Market"11. Lara Langer Cohen and Meredith L. McGill: "The Perils of Authorship: Literary Property and Nineteenth-Century American Fiction"12. Patricia Okker: "Periodicals and the Novel"13. Shelley Streeby: "Cheap Sensation: Pamphlet Potboilers and Beadle's Dime Novels"Part 4: Leading Novelists of Antebellum America14. Wayne Franklin: "James Fenimore Cooper: Beyond Leather-Stocking"15. James L. Machor: "Catharine Maria Sedgwick: Domestic and National Narratives"16. Larry J. Reynolds: "Hawthorne and the Historical Romance"17. Jonathan Arac: "Herman Melville"18. John Ernest: "Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Antislavery Cause"Part 5: Major Novels19. Leland S. Person: "The Last of the Mohicans: Race to Citizenship"20. Monika Elbert: "The Scarlet Letter"21. John Carlos Rowe: "Moby-Dick and Globalization"22. David S. Reynolds: "Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin"Part 6: Cultural Influences on the American Novel, 1820-187023. Paul Giles: "Transatlantic Currents and Postcolonial Anxieties"24. Anna Brickhouse: "The Transamerican Novel"25. Ivy Wilson: "Slavery, Abolitionism, and the African American Novel"26. John Lowe: "Ethnic Novels and the Construction of the Multicultural Nation to 1870"27. Rene Bergland: "Women's Novels and the Gendering of Genius"28. David Leverenz: "Male Hybrids in Classic American Fiction"29. Timothy Sweet: "Studying Nature in the Antebellum Novel"30. Caroline Levander: "Novels of Faith and Doubt in a Changing Culture"Part 7: Fictional Sub-genres31. Debra J. Rosenthal: "Temperance Novels and Moral Reform"32. Gretchen Murphy: "Novels of Travel and Exploration"33. Scott Peeples: "The City Mystery Novel"34. Paul Christian Jones: "Surviving National Disunion: Civil War Novels of the 1860s"Composite BibliographyIndex