By Robert Paul Lamb
A better half to American Fiction, 1865-1914 is a groundbreaking choice of essays written via best critics for a large viewers of students, scholars, and common readers.
- An incredibly broad-ranging and available Companion to the research of yankee fiction of the post-civil warfare interval and the early 20th century Brings jointly 29 essays through best students, each one of which offers a synthesis of the easiest learn and gives an unique perspective
- Divided into sections on ancient traditions and genres, contexts and subject matters, and significant authors
- Covers a mix of canonical and the non-canonical issues, authors, literatures, and important approaches
- Explores cutting edge themes, reminiscent of ecological literature and ecocriticism, children’s literature, and the impact of Darwin on fiction
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Charles Waddell Chesnutt, an African American fiction writer, complained revealingly in 1890 about criticisms he had received from Richard Watson Gilder, the editor of the Century who had published novels by Howells, James, and Twain concurrently in 1885: Mr. ’’ I fear, alas, that those are exactly the things that might have been expected to characterize people of that kind, the only qualities which the government and society had for 300 years labored faithfully, zealously, and successfully to produce, the only qualities which would have rendered their life at all endurable in the 19th century.
If realism is not understood as a genre or literary movement that any work could be securely ‘‘inside,’’ though, or as a reliable index of current value, then there is no need to identify a text as realist in order to argue that it is worth reading and studying. Indeed, sentimental fiction, protest fiction, utopian fiction, and other significant nineteenth-century genres deserve study as much as realism does – if not more, given the inordinate attention the traditional realist canon has received.
Dreiser, Theodore. Sister Carrie. 1900. Fern, Fanny. Ruth Hall. 1855. Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. 1850. Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The House of the Seven Gables. 1851. Hopkins, Pauline E. Contending Forces: A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South. 1900. Howells, William Dean. A Modern Instance. 1882. Howells, William Dean. The Rise of Silas Lapham. 1885. Howells, William Dean. A Hazard of New Fortunes. 1890. Howells, William Dean. Criticism and Fiction. 1891. Howells, William Dean.
A Companion to American Fiction 1865 - 1914 by Robert Paul Lamb