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Cultural History of the American Novel

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ISBN-10: 0521467497

ISBN-13: 9780521467490

Edition: 1996

Authors: David L. Minter

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David Minter's account of the American novel and the history of the USA in the 1890s to the 1940s reconstructs literary history as a cultural drama out of which novels and events emerge as a form of cultural expression.
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Book details

List price: $71.99
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/13/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.10" wide x 9.06" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

A preface in two parts
A note on sources, citations and bibliography
A Dream City, Lyric Years and a Great War
The novel as ironic reflection
Confidence and uncertainty in The Portrait of a Lady
Lines of expansion
Four contemporaries and the closing of the West
Chicago's 'dream city'
Frederick Jackson Turner in the dream city
Henry Adam's Education and the grammar of progress
Jack London's career and popular discourse
Innocence and revolt in the 'lyric years': 1900-1916
The Armory show of 1913 and the decline of innocence
The play of hope and despair
The Great War and the fate of writing
Fiction in a Time of Plenty
When the war was over: the return of detachment
The 'jazz age' and the 'lost generation' revisited
The perils of plenty, or how the twenties acquired a paranoid tilt
Disenchantment, flight and the rise of professionalism in an age of plenty
Class, power and violence in a new age
The fear of feminisation and the logic of modest ambition
Marginality and authority/race, gender and region
War as metaphor: the example of Ernest Hemingway
The Fate of Writing during the Great Depression
The discovery of poverty and the return of commitment
The search for 'culture' as a form of commitment
Three responses: the examples of Henry Miller, Djuna Barnes and John Dos Passos
Cowboys, detectives and other tough-guy antinomians: residual individualism and hedged commitments
The search for shared purpose: struggles on the Left
Documentary literature and the disarming of dissent
The Southern Renaissance: forms of reaction and innovation
History and novels/novels and history: the example of William Faulkner
Bibliographical notes