Love and Death in the American Novel

ISBN-10: 1564781631

ISBN-13: 9781564781635

Edition: 1998 (Reprint)

Authors: Leslie A. Fiedler, Charles B. Harris

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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date: 1/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 520
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Leslie A. Fiedler, a literary critic, was a professor of English at the State University of New York, at Buffalo. His well-known preoccupation with social and psychological issues emerged with Love and Death in the American Novel (1960), which became a major critical text of the 1960s. In this book he argued that American writing has been shaped by an inability to portray mature sexual relationships and by an underlying fear of death. Fiedler admonished critics, teachers, and readers of literature to connect text and context-to consider a poem, for example, as the sum of many contexts, including its genre, the other works of the author, the other works of his time, and so forth. Fiedler's notions of moral ambiguity echo Matthew Arnold's focus on art as criticism of life, but with an energy and style peculiar to himself. Fiedler depended greatly on generalizations (usually unexpected), making his critical remarks reflect broader considerations.

Charles B. Harris directs the Unit for Contemporary Literature atIllinois State University. He is also the publisher of American BookReview and author of numerous books and articles on recent Americanfiction and the profession of English studies. In 1997 the ModernLanguage Associated honored him with the Francis Andrew March Award forExceptional Service to the Profession of English.

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Prototypes and Early Adaptations
The Novel and America
The Novel's Audience and the Sentimental Love Religion
Richardson and the Tragedy of Seduction
The Bourgeois Sentimental Novel and the Female Audience
The Beginnings of the Anti-Bourgeois Sentimental Novel in America
Charles Brockden Brown and the Invention of the American Gothic
James Fenimore Cooper and the Historical Romance
Achievement and Frustration
Clarissa in America: Toward Marjorie Morningstar
Good Good Girls and Good Bad Boys: Clarissa as a Juvenile
The Revenge on Woman: From Lucy to Lolita
The Failure of Sentiment and the Evasion of Love
The Blackness of Darkness: Edgar Allan Poe and the Development of the Gothic
The Power of Blackness: Faustian Man and the Cult of Violence
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