American Literature and the Free Market, 1945-2000 by Michael W. Clune

By Michael W. Clune

The years after global struggle have visible a frequent fascination with the loose industry. Michael W. Clune considers this fascination in postwar literature. within the fictional worlds created by way of works starting from Frank O'Hara's poetry to nineties gangster rap, the marketplace is reworked, providing another type of lifestyles, special from either the social visions of the left and the individualist ethos of the best. those principles additionally offer an unsettling instance of the way paintings takes on social strength by means of supplying an break out from society. American Literature and the unfastened marketplace provides a brand new standpoint on a couple of extensive ranging works for readers of yankee post-war literature.

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Apocalyptic Sentimentalism: Love and Fear in U.S. Antebellum by Kevin Pelletier

By Kevin Pelletier

In distinction to the present scholarly con-sensus that is aware sentimentality to be grounded on a good judgment of affection and sympathy, Apocalyptic Sentimentalism demonstrates that during order for sentimentality to paintings as an antislavery engine, it had to be associated with its seeming opposite—fear, specifically the terror of God’s wrath. such a lot antislavery reformers well-known that demands love and sympathy or the illustration of affliction slaves wouldn't lead an viewers to “feel correct” or to actively oppose slavery. the specter of God’s apocalyptic vengeance—and the phobia that this probability inspired—functioned in the culture of abolitionist sentimentality as an important goad for sympathy and love. Fear,then, used to be on the middle of nineteenth-century sentimental concepts for inciting antislavery reform, bolstering love whilst love faltered, and working as a robust mechanism for developing interracial sympathy. Depictions of God’s apocalyptic vengeance constituted the most productive procedure for antislavery writers to generate a feeling of terror of their audience.

concentrating on a number very important anti-slavery figures, together with David Walker, Nat Turner, Maria Stewart, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Brown, Apocalyptic Sentimentalism illustrates how antislavery discourse labored to redefine violence and vengeance because the final expression (rather than denial) of affection and sympathy. on the sametime, those warnings of apocalyptic retribution enabled antislavery writers to specific, albeit in a roundabout way, fantasies of brutal violence opposed to slaveholders. What started as a sentimental procedure quick turned an incendiary gesture, with antislavery reformers envisioning the total annihilation of slaveholders and defenders of slavery.

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Willa Cather in Context: Progress, Race, Empire by Guy Reynolds

By Guy Reynolds

Drawing on a number of fabric from documents within the united states and from various basic old resources, this research areas Cather's significant fiction in its cultural context. Reynolds explores 'progressivism', 'primitivism' and 'Americanization' in such novels as My Antonia and O Pioneers! Willa Cather in Context develops interdisciplinary readings of this significant Nebraskan novelist, putting her as a author actively engaged with a few of the key debates of early twentieth-century the USA, from immigration to evolutionary idea.

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The Monetary Imagination of Edgar Allan Poe: Banking, by Heinz Tschachler

By Heinz Tschachler

During this first-of-its-kind therapy, Heinz Tschachler bargains an account of Edgar Allan Poe's relation to the area of banking and cash in antebellum the USA. He contends that Poe gave the entire strength of his censure to the acrimonious debates approximately America's cash, Andrew Jackson's financial institution conflict, the panic of 1837 and the resultant melancholy, and the nation's lack of ability to provide a "sound and uniform currency." Poe's perspective is overt in his early satires, extra subdued in "The Gold-Bug," and nearly an undercurrent in writings that input into and historicize the invention of gold in California. In Poe's writings a lot is hid, notwithstanding his artwork additionally finds whereas it conceals, during this example, a deep felt hope for an expert that will warrantly a degree of permanence and continuity to the kingdom' s foreign money. that sort of foreign money was once eventually supplied via Abraham Lincoln (both have been born in 1809; Poe died in 1849), at one time a devoted reader of Poe's stories and sketches. Wielding his "power of regulation," Lincoln got here to save lots of the Union not only militarily but additionally economically. less than him, the USA executive eventually supplied the type of "sound and uniform foreign money" that Poe in his writings may perhaps in basic terms identify and rehearse.

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The Cambridge Introduction to American Literary Realism by Phillip J. Barrish

By Phillip J. Barrish

Among the Civil warfare and the 1st global struggle, realism was once the main widespread kind of American fiction. Realist writers of the interval contain a few of America's maximum, corresponding to Henry James, Edith Wharton and Mark Twain, but in addition many lesser-known writers whose paintings nonetheless speaks to us at the present time, for example Charles Chesnutt, Zitkala-Ša and Sarah Orne Jewett. Emphasizing realism's ancient context, this advent strains the genre's courting with robust, frequently violent, social conflicts concerning race, gender, type and nationwide foundation. It additionally examines how the realist variety used to be created; the unavoidably ambiguous courting among realism produced at the web page and truth open air the ebook; and different, frequently contradictory, kinds 'realism' took in literary works by means of diverse authors. the main available but subtle account of yank literary realism presently to be had, this quantity could be of serious worth to scholars, lecturers and readers of the yank novel.

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Words Matter: Conversations With Asian American Writers by King-Kok Cheung

By King-Kok Cheung

Phrases subject is the 1st selection of interviews with 20th-century Asian American writers. The conversations which have been accumulated here--interviews with twenty writers owning detailed backgrounds, views, thematic issues, and creative priorities--effectively dispel any effortless categorizations of individuals of Asian descent. those writers touch upon their very own paintings and converse frankly approximately aesthetics, politics, and the demanding situations they've got encountered in pursuing a writing occupation. They handle, between different concerns, the expectancies connected to the label "Asian American," the burden of illustration shouldered by means of ethnic artists, and the assorted calls for of "mainstream" and ethnic audiences.

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William Faulkner: Toward Yoknapatawpha and Beyond by Cleanth Brooks

By Cleanth Brooks

This ebook is the better half quantity to William Faulkner: The Yoknapatawpha nation by means of Cleanth Brooks, which appears into Faulkner's early poetry, previous interpretations, and prose in addition to his 5 non-Yoknapatawpha novels- squaddies' Pay, Mosquitoes, Pylon, the Wild hands, and A fantasy.

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