Wiley-Blackwell Histories of American Literature
General Editors: Alfred Bendixen and Richard GrayThe Wiley-Blackwell Histories of American Literature are culturally grounded, comprehensive, and succinct, recognizing that to write literary history involves more than placing texts in chronological sequence. Thus the emphasis within each volume falls both on plotting the significant literary developments of a given period, and on the wider cultural contexts within which they occurred. Authors address such issues as politics, society, the arts, ideologies, varieties of literary production and consumption, and dominant genres and modes, and the emphasis is on contexts, including a retrospective element on the inheritance of past literature, on texts and authors, and the lasting effects of the literary period under discussion, and incorporating such topics as critical reception and modern reputations. As befits a culturally grounded series, these volumes are first and finally concerned with the plural nature of American culture and how that feeds into American writing. The effect of each volume will be to give the reader a sense of possessing a crucial sector of literary terrain, of understanding the forces that give a period its distinctive cast, and of seeing how writing of a given period impacts on, and is shaped by, its cultural circumstances. Each volume recommends itself as providing an authoritative and up-to-date entrée to texts and issues, and their historical implications, and will therefore interest students, teachers, and the general reader alike.
Wiley-Blackwell Histories of American Literature (2)
July 2015, Paperback, Wiley-Blackwell (E-book also available)
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January 2013, Hardcover, Wiley-Blackwell (E-book also available)
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