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Author Samuels, Shirley
Title A Companion to American Fiction, 1780 - 1865 : 1780 - 1865
Imprint Hoboken : John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2006
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Edition 1st ed
Descript 1 online resource (488 pages)
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Series Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture Ser
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture Ser
Note A COMPANION TO AMERICAN FICTION -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Notes on Contributors -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- PART I Historical and Cultural Contexts -- 1 National Narrative and the Problem of American Nationhood -- 2 Fiction and Democracy -- 3 Democratic Fictions -- 4 Engendering American Fictions -- 5 Race and Ethnicity -- 6 Class -- 7 Sexualities -- 8 Religion -- 9 Education and Polemic -- 10 Marriage and Contract -- 11 Transatlantic Ventures -- 12 Other Languages, Other Americas -- PART II Forms of Fiction -- 13 Literary Histories -- 14 Breeding and Reading: Chesterfieldian Civility in the Early Republic -- 15 The American Gothic -- 16 Sensational Fiction -- 17 Melodrama and American Fiction -- 18 Delicate Boundaries: Passing and Other ''Crossings'' in Fictionalized Slave Narratives -- 19 Doctors, Bodies, and Fiction -- 20 Law and the American Novel -- 21 Labor and Fiction -- 22 Words for Children -- 23 Dime Novels -- 24 Reform and Antebellum Fiction -- PART III Authors, Locations, Purposes -- 25 The Problem of the City -- 26 New Landscapes -- 27 The Gothic Meets Sensation: Charles Brockden Brown, Edgar Allan Poe, George Lippard, and E. D. E. N. Southworth -- 28 Retold Legends: Washington Irving, James Kirke Paulding, and John Pendleton Kennedy -- 29 Captivity and Freedom: Ann Eliza Bleecker, Harriet Prescott Spofford, and Washington Irving's ''Rip Van Winkle'' -- 30 New England Tales: Catharine Sedgwick, Catherine Brown, and the Dislocations of Indian Land -- 31 Harriet Beecher Stowe, Caroline Lee Hentz, Herman Melville, and American Racialist Exceptionalism -- 32 Fictions of the South: Southern Portraits of Slavery -- 33 The West -- 34 The Old Southwest: Mike Fink, Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, Johnson Jones Hooper, and George Washington Harris -- 35 James Fenimore Cooper and the Invention of the American Novel
36 The Sea: Herman Melville and Moby-Dick -- 37 National Narrative and National History -- Index
This Companion presents the current state of criticism in the field of American fiction from the earliest declarations of nationhood to secession and civil war. Draws heavily on historical and cultural contexts in its consideration of American fiction Relates the fiction of the period to conflicts about territory and sovereignty and to issues of gender, race, ethnicity and identity Covers different forms of fiction, including children's literature, sketches, polemical pieces, historical romances, Gothic novels and novels of exploration Considers both canonical and lesser-known authors, including James Fennimore Cooper, Hannah Foster, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville and Harriet Beecher Stowe Treats neglected topics, such as the Western novel, science and the novel, and American fiction in languages other than English
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Samuels, Shirley A Companion to American Fiction, 1780 - 1865 : 1780 - 1865 Hoboken : John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated,c2006 9781405158916
Subject American fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.;American fiction -- 18th century -- History and criticism -- Handbooks, manuals, etc
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