By Robert Paul Lamb

ISBN-10: 1405100648

ISBN-13: 9781405100649

A significant other to American Fiction, 1865-1914 is a groundbreaking number of essays written through major critics for a large viewers of students, scholars, and common readers.

  • An incredibly broad-ranging and obtainable Companion to the examine of yankee fiction of the post-civil warfare interval and the early 20th century Brings jointly 29 essays by way of most sensible students, every one of which provides a synthesis of the simplest learn and gives an unique perspective
  • Divided into sections on old traditions and genres, contexts and subject matters, and significant authors
  • Covers a mix of canonical and the non-canonical subject matters, authors, literatures, and significant approaches
  • Explores leading edge subject matters, equivalent to ecological literature and ecocriticism, children’s literature, and the impact of Darwin on fiction

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Numerous critics have identified links between realist fiction, disciplinary professions, and academic disciplines. One can find striking thematic and linguistic continuities between more-or-less realist texts and anthropology (Elliott 2002), sociology (Mizruchi 1998), history (Hughson 1988; White 1973), law (Dimock 1996; Kearns 1996; Thomas 1997), and medicine (Rothfield 1992). The model of medical authority was especially congenial to many realists (and, indeed, many social scientists), who took up the role of sympathetic diagnosticians and could identify ‘‘diseases’’ of social life and gesture toward the desirability of cure without prescribing any specific course of treatment (Rothfield 1992).

But Bell and Barrish accurately target the implicit sexism of the critical rhetoric that asserted realism’s masculine control of unruly materials, rhetoric that often disparaged realism’s competitors as feminine. Two of these competitors were sentimental fiction and reform novels, overlapping fictional forms which persistently took up ‘‘social and personal difficulties’’ but did not consider them insoluble. The foremost American example of their combination is Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) by Harriet Beecher Stowe, which yoked together a Christian version of anti-slavery activism with politically double-edged support of African Americans’ emigration to Liberia.

1936. Dreiser, Theodore. Sister Carrie. 1900. Fern, Fanny. Ruth Hall. 1855. Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. 1850. Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The House of the Seven Gables. 1851. Hopkins, Pauline E. Contending Forces: A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South. 1900. Howells, William Dean. A Modern Instance. 1882. Howells, William Dean. The Rise of Silas Lapham. 1885. Howells, William Dean. A Hazard of New Fortunes. 1890. Howells, William Dean. Criticism and Fiction. 1891. Howells, William Dean.

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