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The American Historical Romance : Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture - George Dekker

The American Historical Romance

Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture

Paperback Published: 2nd July 1990
ISBN: 9780521389372
Number Of Pages: 388

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Dekker traces the American historical novel from its origins in the early 1800s to the beginning of World War II, examining the genre's connections with Enlightenment and Romantic theories of history, the rise of literary regionalism, the ambitions of Romantic writers to revive the epic and romance, changing gender roles, and individual authors' troubled responses to the modern era's great revolutionary and imperialistic conflicts. Though concerned with the historical romance's development, Dekker devotes most of this book to new readings of major texts by James Fenimore Cooper, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Allen Tate, Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, and William Faulkner, as well as to the Briton whose name is synonymous with the genre, Sir Walter Scott.

"The American Historical Romance is the richest, most fully meditated and most rewarding yet written by this author who has been a pioneer...No devotee of the American novel will ignore it." Howard Erskine-Hill, Times Literary Supplement

Preface
the American historical romance: a prospectus
The Waverley-model and the rise of historical romance
Historical romance and the stadialist model of progress
The regionalism of historical romance
Hawthorne and the ironies of New England history
Melville: the red comets return
The hero and heroine of historical romance
The historical romance of the South
Retrospect: departures and returns
Notes
Index.
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ISBN: 9780521389372
ISBN-10: 0521389372
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 2nd July 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.54