By Robert Paul Lamb

A better half to American Fiction, 1865-1914 is a groundbreaking selection of essays written by way of major critics for a large viewers of students, scholars, and common readers.

  • An highly broad-ranging and obtainable Companion to the research of yank fiction of the post-civil conflict interval and the early 20th century Brings jointly 29 essays through best students, every one of which offers a synthesis of the easiest study and provides an unique perspective
  • Divided into sections on historic traditions and genres, contexts and topics, and significant authors
  • Covers a mix of canonical and the non-canonical topics, authors, literatures, and important approaches
  • Explores cutting edge issues, reminiscent of ecological literature and ecocriticism, children’s literature, and the impression of Darwin on fiction

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life among the Lowly. 1852. Lamb / Companion to American Fiction 1405100648_4_001 Final Proof page 33 American Literary Realism Twain, Mark. Life on the Mississippi. 1883. Twain, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. 1884. Twain, Mark. ’’ 1895. Wharton, Edith. The House of Mirth. 1905. REFERENCES AND Anon. (1857). ’’ Putnam’s New Monthly Magazine, July, pp. 91–6. Arac, Jonathan (1986). ), Ideology and Classic American Literature, 247–66. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Barthes, Roland (1986). ‘‘The Reality Effect’’ (first publ. 1984). In The Rustle of Language, trans. Richard Howard, 141–8. New York: Hill & Wang. , ed. (1963). Documents of Modern Literary Realism. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Bell, Michael Davitt (1993). The Problem of American Realism: Studies in the Cultural History of a Literary Idea. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2005 11:28am 33 Wilson, Harriet. Our Nig; or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, In a Two-Story White House, North.

Viewed from this perspective, there was a tension between realism’s simultaneous efforts to secure literary and social authority. On the one hand, realism’s mission of informing middle-class readers about important issues and marginal populations, the source of its social authority, sent it careening into political minefields. On the other hand, realist fiction’s development as a specifically literary form was incompatible with its endorsing any particular political position or analysis. The result was that realist novels took as their terrain the expanding domain of ‘‘society’’: a dimension of collective life separate from public political life, characterized instead by ongoing negotiation over behavioral norms (Arendt 1958: 38–49).

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