By Peter Stoneley, Cindy Weinstein

ISBN-10: 1405133678

ISBN-13: 9781405133678

An authoritative consultant to American literature, this better half examines the experimental varieties, socio-cultural alterations, literary hobbies, and significant authors of the early twentieth century. This significant other offers authoritative and wide-ranging tips on early twentieth-century American fiction.

  • Considers typically studied authors resembling Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway, along key texts of the interval by way of Richard Wright, Charles Chesnutt, Zora Neale Hurston, and Anzia Yezierska
  • Examines how the works of those various writers were interpreted of their personal day and the way present readings have extended our figuring out in their cultural and literary importance
  • Covers a vast diversity of themes, together with the 1st and moment global Wars, literary language alterations, writer megastar, the city panorama, modernism, the Jazz Age, the good melancholy, regionalism, and African-American fiction
  • Gives scholars the contextual details valuable for formulating their very own opinions of vintage American fiction

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Out of chance beginnings in journalism, Southwestern humor, and travel writing, Mark Twain rose to prominence at the end of the nineteenth century as a representative figure of American literature and culture. ” As important as his writing had been to the development of the national literary identity of the United States – readers championed his rough-and-tumble tales, his masterful use of dialect, and his balance of nostalgia and critique in narratives about the antebellum nation – was his literary persona as “Mark Twain” to marketing him as an American icon.

Though Dixon’s ideologically and stylistically dated writing has descended into relative obscurity, it nevertheless serves as evidence for the prophetic assertion of W. E. B. ” Du Bois’s Souls of Black Folk (1905), which includes elements of autobiography, history, sociology, philosophy, fiction, and musical analysis, stands as one of the most lastingly relevant texts of the twentieth 23 Michael A. Elliott and Jennifer A. Hughes century, as well as an influential experiment in terms of its varied generic and aesthetic composition.

Schmid’s analysis of hard-boiled fiction is followed by a chapter on styles in modernism. Style is often invoked as a key concept for defining, organizing, and evaluating literature, but critics nowadays seldom give any sustained attention to the topic. Paul Simpson and Don Hardy, in their chapter on “American Sentences,” explore a vocabulary drawn from the field of stylistics. They consider linguistic and literary devices as used by the writers of the period – dialect, labels, lexis, and syntax – before moving to a more developed analysis of the “hard-boiled” style.

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