New Introduction to American Studies

ISBN-10: 0582894379
ISBN-13: 9780582894372
Edition: 2006
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Description: 'A New Introduction to American Studies' provides a coherent portrait of American history, literature, culture and society, and also deals with some of the central themes and preoccupations of American life.

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Book details

List price: $66.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 11/10/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946

'A New Introduction to American Studies' provides a coherent portrait of American history, literature, culture and society, and also deals with some of the central themes and preoccupations of American life.

A professor of English literature and American studies who has published numerous critical works, Malcolm Bradbury is also a novelist whose protagonists are academics who make muddles of their personal and professional lives. He maintains that his main concern is to explore problems and dilemmas of liberalism and issues of moral responsibility. The targets of Bradbury's satires include intellectual pretension, cultural myopia, and official smugness. His protagonists are largely sympathetic, if comic, failures at mastering their own fates in a world of absurd rules and regulations. His major novels include Eating People Is Wrong (1959), Stepping Westward (1965), and The History Man (1975). This last, a novel of intellectual and political conflict at an English university in the late 1960s, was made into a successful television minidrama. More recent novels include Rates of Exchange (1983) and Cuts (1987).

The human and natural environment
From settlement to independence
American political culture
Slavery and secession
Native Americans
Revisiting the American West
American immigration
Nineteenth-century American literature
Industry and technology
The twentieth-century American novel
Twentieth-century American poetry
Twentieth-century American drama
America and war
American women
Popular culture
America at the millennium

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