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A Cultural History of the American Novel, 1890-1940 : Henry James to William Faulkner - David L. Minter

A Cultural History of the American Novel, 1890-1940

Henry James to William Faulkner

Hardcover Published: 29th April 1994
ISBN: 9780521452854
Number Of Pages: 296

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A Cultural History of the American Novel interweaves a wide selection of the novels of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with a series of cultural events ranging from Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show to the "Southern Renaissance" of the 1930s. Minter rereads the novels of the period as works of art that arise from and that remain embedded in culture, arguing conversely that cultural events differ in degree but not in kind from novels. Portrayed as provocative fusions of the real and the imagined, novels and events are made to yield insight into the structures and procedures of American society as well as the structures and procedures of the American imagination, during a critical era of national transformation.

"It [the book] gives contemporary scholars and students a desperately needed sense of place and position from which to view and understand the origins of our dominant literary and intellectual tradition. ...Minter balances a broad and thorough range of works and authors with in-depth, detailed, and persuasive readings of individual texts. ...Minter brings fresh insights to his historical and literary materials through acute critical intelligence, informed historical consciousness, and penchant for developing fascinating juxtapositions and relations." Modernity "David Minter's book is a model of the way literary history should be done...Minter's elegant writing makes the book a pleasure to read." John T. Irwin, Johns Hopkins University "...A Cultural History of the American Novel approximates a luminous archaeology of the burgeoning modernist period, uncovering the spectral relations between culture, cultural production, and the socio-political pressures of the times...Given the wide range of such powerful insights and 'cultural readings,' Minter's book will undoubtedly prove valuable not only to scholars of American literary history but also to anyone interested in understanding the all too often invisible connections between cultural production, 'real' people and 'real issues'--such as racism, scientific/technological invention, discovery, ethnicity, borders, responsibility, freedom, World War. hope, assent and democracy." Carlton Smith, American Literature

A preface in two parts
Acknowledgements
A note on sources, citations and bibliography
A Dream City, Lyric Years and a Great War
The novel as ironic reflection
Confidence and uncertainty in The Portrait of a Lady
Lines of expansion
Four contemporaries and the closing of the West
Chicago's 'dream city'
Frederick Jackson Turner in the dream city
Henry Adam's Education and the grammar of progress
Jack London's career and popular discourse
Innocence and revolt in the 'lyric years': 1900-1916
The Armory show of 1913 and the decline of innocence
The play of hope and despair
The Great War and the fate of writing
Fiction in a Time of Plenty
When the war was over: the return of detachment
The 'jazz age' and the 'lost generation' revisited
The perils of plenty, or how the twenties acquired a paranoid tilt
Disenchantment, flight and the rise of professionalism in an age of plenty
Class, power and violence in a new age
The fear of feminisation and the logic of modest ambition
Marginality and authority/race, gender and region
War as metaphor: the example of Ernest Hemingway
The Fate of Writing during the Great Depression
The discovery of poverty and the return of commitment
The search for 'culture' as a form of commitment
Three responses: the examples of Henry Miller, Djuna Barnes and John Dos Passos
Cowboys, detectives and other tough-guy antinomians: residual individualism and hedged commitments
The search for shared purpose: struggles on the Left
Documentary literature and the disarming of dissent
The Southern Renaissance: forms of reaction and innovation
History and novels/novels and history: the example of William Faulkner
Notes
Bibliographical notes
Bibliography
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521452854
ISBN-10: 0521452856
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 29th April 1994
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.6