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Title Feminism and American Literary History
Author Nina Baym
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Release 1992
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 267
ISBN 9780813518558
Language English, Spanish, and French
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For more than a decade Nina Baym has pioneered in the reexamination of American literature. She has led the way in questioning assumptions about American literary history, in critiquing the standard canon of works we read and teach, and in rediscovering lost texts by American women writers. Feminism and American Literary History collects fourteen of her most important essays published since 1980, which, combining feminist perspectives with original archival research, significantly revise standard American literary history. In Part I, "Rewriting Old American Literary History," the focus is on male writers. Essays range from close readings of individual works to ambitious critiques of the main paradigms by which scholars have conventionally linked disparate texts and authors in a narrative of nationalist literary history: the self-in-the-wilderness myth, the romance-novel distinction, the myth of New England origins. Part II, "Writing New American Literary History," studies examples of women's writing from the Revolution through the Civil War. Stressing much overtly public and political writing that has been overlooked even by feminist scholars, noting public and political themes in supposedly domestic works, the essays substantially modify and historicize the paradigm by which premodern American women's writing is currently understood. The contentious and influential essays in Part III, "Two Feminist Polemics," address feminist literary theory and pedagogy, advocating a pluralist practice as the basis for scholarship, criticism, and humane feminism. No one interested in American literature or in women's writing can afford to ignore Baym's revisionist work. Humorous and gracefully written, this book is enjoyable and indispensable.

Title Feminist Literary History
Author Janet Todd
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Release 2018-03-08
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 168
ISBN 0745678246
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this timely book Janet Todd offers an analysis and defence ofthe feminist literary history practised by Elaine Showalter andother contemporary American literary critics. She argues that thisapproach rightly links the political concerns of feminist criticismto the uncovering of female voices embedded in history. Todd reconstructs the development of feminist literary history fromthe 1960s through to the present day, highlighting the centralthemes as well as the strengths and weaknesses. She then examinesthe debate between American feminist critics, on the one hand, andfeminist critics inspired by the work of French theorists such asKristeva, Irigaray and Cixous, on the other. She defends feministliterary history against its critics and casts doubt on some of theuses of psychoanalysis in feminism. Todd also considers the debatewith men and assesses the relevance of academic analyses of gender,masculinity and homosexuality. Feminist Literary History is a forceful and committed work, whichaddresses some of the most important issues in contemporaryfeminist theory and literary criticism. It will be widely read asan introductory text by students in English literature, modernlanguages, women's studies and cultural studies.

Title The Cambridge History of American Literature Volume 8 Poetry and Criticism 1940 1995
Author Sacvan Bercovitch
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release 1994
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 545
ISBN 9780521497336
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Discusses the social, cultural, intellectual, and aesthetic aspects of American literature

Title A History of American Literature
Author Richard Gray
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Release 2011-09-23
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 928
ISBN 1444345680
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Updated throughout and with much new material, A History of American Literature, Second Edition, is the most up-to-date and comprehensive survey available of the myriad forms of American Literature from pre-Columbian times to the present. The most comprehensive and up-to-date history of American literature available today Covers fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction, as well as other forms of literature including folktale, spirituals, the detective story, the thriller, and science fiction Explores the plural character of American literature, including the contributions made by African American, Native American, Hispanic and Asian American writers Considers how our understanding of American literature has changed over the past?thirty years Situates American literature in the contexts of American history, politics and society Offers an invaluable introduction to American literature for students at all levels, academic and general readers

Reconceptualizing American Literary cultural Studies by Mary Jewett Gaiser Professor of English William E Cain

Title Reconceptualizing American Literary cultural Studies
Author Mary Jewett Gaiser Professor of English William E Cain
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Release 1996
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 218
ISBN 9780815323914
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Twenty-nine collected essays represent a critical history of Shakespeare's play as text and as theater, beginning with Samuel Johnson in 1765, and ending with a review of the Royal Shakespeare Company production in 1991. The criticism centers on three aspects of the play: the love/friendship debate.

Title American Literature in Transition 1950 1960
Author Steven Belletto
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release 2017-12-28
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages
ISBN 1108307817
Language English, Spanish, and French
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American Literature in Transition, 1950–1960 explores the under-recognized complexity and variety of 1950s American literature by focalizing discussions through a series of keywords and formats that encourage readers to draw fresh connections among literary form and concepts, institutions, cultures, and social phenomena important to the decade. The first section draws attention to the relationship between literature and cultural phenomena that were new to the 1950s. The second section demonstrates the range of subject positions important in the 1950s, but still not visible in many accounts of the era. The third section explores key literary schools or movements associated with the decade, and explains how and why they developed at this particular cultural moment. The final section focuses on specific forms or genres that grew to special prominence during the 1950s. Taken together, the chapters in the four sections not only encourage us to rethink familiar texts and figures in new lights, but they also propose new archives for future study of the decade.

Title American Masculinities A Historical Encyclopedia
Author Bret Carroll
Publisher SAGE Publications
Release 2003-10-14
Category Social Science
Total Pages 576
ISBN 1452265712
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"This is a highly recommended purchase for undergraduate, medium-sized, and large public libraries wishing to provide a substantial introduction to the field of men's studies." --Reference & User Services Quarterly "Pleasing layout and good cross-references make Carroll's compendium a welcome addition to collections serving readers of all ages. Highly recommended." --CHOICE "An excellent index, well-chosen photographs and illustrations, and an extensive bibliography add further value. American Masculinities is well worth what would otherise be too hefty a price for many libraries because no other encyclopedia comes close to covering this growing field so well." --American Reference Books Annual American Masculinities: A Historical Encyclopedia is a first-of-its-kind reference, detailing developments in the growing field of men's studies. This up-to-date analytical review serves as a marker of how the field has evolved over the last decade, especially since the 1993 publication of Anthony Rotundo's American Manhood. This seminal book opened new vistas for exploration and research into American History, society, and culture. Weaving the fabric of American history, American Masculinities illustrates how American political leaders have often used the rhetoric of manliness to underscore the presumed moral righteousness and ostensibly protective purposes of their policies. Seeing U.S. history in terms of gender archetypes, readers will gain a richer and deeper understanding of America's democratic political system, domestic and foreign policies, and capitalist economic system, as well as the "private" sphere of the home and domestic life. The contributors to American Masculinities share the assumption that men's lives have been grounded fundamentally in gender, that is, in their awareness of themselves as males. Their approach goes beyond scholarship which traditionally looks at men (and women) in terms of what they do and how they have influenced a given field or era. Rather, this important work delves into the psychological core of manhood which is shaped not only by biology, but also by history, society, and culture. Encapsulating the current state of scholarly interpretation within the field of Men's Studies, American Masculinities: A Historical Encyclopedia is designed to help students and scholars advance their studies, develop new questions for research, and stimulate new ways of exploring the history of American life. Key Features - Reader's Guide facilitates browsing by topic and easy access to information - Extensive name, place, and concept index gives users an additional means of locating topics of interest - More than 250 entries, each with suggestions for further reading - Cross references direct users to related information - Comprehensive bibliography includes a list of sources organized by categories in the field Topics Covered - Arts, Literature, and Popular Culture - Body, Health, and Sexuality - Class, Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Identities - Concepts and Theories - Family and Fatherhood - General History - Icons and Symbols - Leisure and Work - Movements and Organizations - People - Political and Social Issues About the Editor Bret E. Carroll is Associate Professor of History at California State University, Stanislaus. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1991. He is author of The Routledge Historical Atlas of Religion in America (1997), Spiritualism in Antebellum America (1997), and several articles on nineteenth-century masculinity.

Title American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting 1834 1853
Author Meredith L. McGill
Publisher University of Pennsylvania Press
Release 2013-08-21
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 376
ISBN 0812209745
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The antebellum period has long been identified with the belated emergence of a truly national literature. And yet, as Meredith L. McGill argues, a mass market for books in this period was built and sustained through what we would call rampant literary piracy: a national literature developed not despite but because of the systematic copying of foreign works. Restoring a political dimension to accounts of the economic grounds of antebellum literature, McGill unfolds the legal arguments and political struggles that produced an American "culture of reprinting" and held it in place for two crucial decades. In this culture of reprinting, the circulation of print outstripped authorial and editorial control. McGill examines the workings of literary culture within this market, shifting her gaze from first and authorized editions to reprints and piracies, from the form of the book to the intersection of book and periodical publishing, and from a national literature to an internally divided and transatlantic literary marketplace. Through readings of the work of Dickens, Poe, and Hawthorne, McGill seeks both to analyze how changes in the conditions of publication influenced literary form and to measure what was lost as literary markets became centralized and literary culture became stratified in the early 1850s. American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting, 1834-1853 delineates a distinctive literary culture that was regional in articulation and transnational in scope, while questioning the grounds of the startlingly recent but nonetheless powerful equation of the national interest with the extension of authors' rights.

Title Selected Studies in Romantic and American Literature History and Culture
Author Charles J. Rzepka
Publisher Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Release 2010
Category History
Total Pages 287
ISBN 9780754668718
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Charles J. Rzepka's important contributions to scholarship on the Romantic period and twentieth-century literature and culture are gathered together for the first time. Included are award-winning essays on Keats and Wordsworth, critical studies of De Quincey, and Austen; and interventions into popular culture and detective fiction. Together, the essays are both a career retrospective and a roadmap of the innovations and controversies that have influenced literary studies from the early 1980s to the present.

Literature after Feminism by Rita Felski

Title Literature after Feminism
Author Rita Felski
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Release 2020-05-16
Category Social Science
Total Pages 204
ISBN 0226241165
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Recent commentators have portrayed feminist critics as grim-faced ideologues who are destroying the study of literature. Feminists, they claim, reduce art to politics and are hostile to any form of aesthetic pleasure. Literature after Feminism is the first work to comprehensively rebut such caricatures, while also offering a clear-eyed assessment of the relative merits of various feminist approaches to literature. Spelling out her main arguments clearly and succinctly, Rita Felski explains how feminism has changed the ways people read and think about literature. She organizes her book around four key questions: Do women and men read differently? How have feminist critics imagined the female author? What does plot have to do with gender? And what do feminists have to say about the relationship between literary and political value? Interweaving incisive commentary with literary examples, Felski advocates a double critical vision that can do justice to the social and political meanings of literature without dismissing or scanting the aesthetic.