The American Novel 1870-1940: Volume 6

ISBN : 9780195385342

Priscilla Wald; Michael A. Elliott
656 Pages
181 x 251 mm
Pub date
Apr 2014
Oxford History of the Novel in English
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The period of 1870 to 1940 saw the consolidation of the nation following the Civil War and the rise of the United States as a world power. The transformation of the novel during these years accompanied, registered, and in some cases promoted these changes. The era witnessed the emergence of new reading publics, new means of producing and distributing novels, and new forms and genres. The proliferation of anthologies and criticism encouraged contemporary novelists to see themselves as writing within-or against-a national tradition as well as mass culture. Complementing and challenging that sense of tradition, international aesthetic movements (such as Modernism) and political ones (such as Marxism) encouraged novelists to engage with artistic and political movements beyond the literary, and improved transportation increased the opportunity for contact with formerly remote peoples and cultures. An expansive addition to the Oxford History of the Novel in English, this volume will highlight these developments within the context of global networks of influence and will cover topics like Reconstruction and the novel, the immigrant bildungsroman, early cinema and the novel, religious narratives, the innovations of Henry James, comics and the novel, and hardboiled detective fiction, among many others.


List of Contributors
General Editor's Preface
Introduction by Priscilla Wald and Michael A. Elliott
Part I: The Business of Fiction
1. Commodities and Celebrities, by Sarah Robbins
2. The Business of Publishing American Novels, by Catherine Turner
3. American Readers and Their Novels, by Amy Blair
Part II. The Novel, 1870-1914
4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Jonathan Arac
5. The Novel and the Reconstruction Amendments, by Jeannine DeLombard
6. Plessy and the Novel, by Edlie Wong
7. Documenting the Real, by Augusta Rohrbach
8. Journalism and the Urban Novel, by Betsy Klimasmith
9. Geographic Fictions and the American Novel, by Stephanie Foote
10. Science, Medicine, Technology & the Novel, by Jane Thrailkill
11. The Religious Novel, by Claudia Stokes
12. The Spanish-American War, U.S. Expansion, and the Novel, by Gretchen Murphy
13. The Immigrant Novel, by Josh Miller
14. The American Novel Beyond English, by Orm Overland
15. Henry James, the Novel, and the Mediascapes of Modernity, by Jonathan Freedman
16. The Novel and the Early Cinema, by John Michael
Part III: Genre Fiction and the Novel
17. The Dime Novel, by David Kazanjian
18. Serial Fiction, by Jared Gardner
19. Fictionalizing Children, Children's Fiction, by Caroline Levander
20. The American Bestseller, by Lenny Cassuto
21. Crime and Detective Fiction, by Lee Horsley
22. The Comics and the Novel, by Michael Moon
23. Novels of Utopia, Science Fiction, and Fantasy, by Gerry Canavan
Part IV: The Novel, 1915-1940
24. Modernism and the International Novel, by Mark Scroggins
25. The Novel and the Rise of Social Science, by Susan Hegeman
26. The Native Novel, by Sean Teuton
27. The Novel After the Great War, by Paul Giles
28. The Harlem Renaissance Novel, by Zita Nunes
29. Faulkner and the World Culture of the Global South, by Ramon Saldivar
30. The Depression and the Novel, by Sonnet Retman
31. Hollywood and the American Novel, by Patrick Jagoda
32. Native Son and Diasporic Modernity, by Mikko Tuhkanen
Part V: Critical Understandings
33. Mass Culture, the Novel, and the American Left, by Benjamin Balthaser and Shelley Streeby
34. The Making of American Literature, by Elizabeth Renker
35. The Future of the Novel and Public Criticism in Mid-Century America, by Paula Rabinowitz

About the author: 

Michael A. Elliott is Winship Research Distinguished Associate Professor of English at Emory University. He is the author of The Culture Concept: Writing and Difference in the Age of Realism (Minnesota, 2002) and Custerology: The Enduring Legacy of the Indian Wars and George Armstrong Custer (Chicago, 2007). Priscilla Wald is Professor of English and Women's Studies at Duke University. She is the author of Constituting Americans: Cultural Anxiety and Narrative Form (Duke, 1995) and Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative (Duke, 2008).

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