An Outline of American Literature by Peter B. High

By Peter B. High

A survey of the English prose, poetry and drama of the U.S. from Colonial occasions to the1980s.

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1990), 302. 17 Robert Penn Warren and Cleanth Brooks, Understanding Fiction, 3rd ed. , 1979), 684. 18 Where it has proven useful to specify a particular narrative concern without resorting to lengthy qualifiers, I have fallen back on Genette's terms, for the most part, and define those as they are introduced. Finally, I employ Simone de Beauvoir's now-classic use of Levi-Strauss's conception of Self and Other to describe relations between men and women in art as well as in life.  . " That discourse, as Susan Lanser has pointed out in a response to Brooks, "not only constructs and controls narrative but enacts more-or-less visibly a 'plot' of its own"a plot that hinges on the relative positions of Self and Other in the text.

His choice of Amantha Starr was a practical one, not a deliberate experiment in cross-gender voice; the effect on the story of having chosen that voice is quite another matter. 25 Lanser, Fictions of Authority, 36. Page 16 Warren's novels, this difference, or friction, between our model of ourselves as readers and our model of Warren as author sets up a tension that only an aggressive reading can resolve. Thus the angled space between the narration we receive and the story in which we participate contains a certain patriarchal formula, and at the same time invites us to articulate our own (and the characters') distance from that formula.

Parshley (New York, 1953), xvixvii; Brooks, Reading for the Plot, 28; Lanser, Fictions of Authority, 277, 6. 20 Arthur Mizener, "The Uncorrupted Consciousness," in Critical Essays on Robert Penn Warren, ed. Clark, 57. Page 11 en's Gate; Rachel Jordan with Cassius Fort in World Enough and Time and Rozelle Hardcastle with Old Butler in A Place to Come To; Maggie Fiddler with Yasha Jones in Flood; Amantha Starr with Hamish Bond in Band of Angels and Cassie with Sunderland Spottwood in Meet Me in the Green Glen.

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