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By Peter Stoneley, Cindy Weinstein

ISBN-10: 1405133678

ISBN-13: 9781405133678

An authoritative advisor to American literature, this spouse examines the experimental varieties, socio-cultural adjustments, literary activities, and significant authors of the early twentieth century. This significant other offers authoritative and wide-ranging counsel on early twentieth-century American fiction.

  • Considers as a rule studied authors equivalent to Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway, along key texts of the interval by way of Richard Wright, Charles Chesnutt, Zora Neale Hurston, and Anzia Yezierska
  • Examines how the works of those varied writers were interpreted of their personal day and the way present readings have increased our knowing in their cultural and literary importance
  • Covers a vast variety of issues, together with the 1st and moment global Wars, literary language variations, writer big name, the city panorama, modernism, the Jazz Age, the good melancholy, regionalism, and African-American fiction
  • Gives scholars the contextual details helpful for formulating their very own evaluations of vintage American fiction

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This kind of engagement with forms of mass culture slowly developed in the literary fiction of the turn-of-the-century as literary authors grappled with a world in which their own art appeared to be diminishing in its social significance. No work of fiction more fully treats this question than Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie (1900), the novel of Carrie Meeber’s immersion into the commercial society of the urban metropolis, her extramarital relationships with two men, and subsequent success as an actress.

There are countervailing tendencies. Toughness is itself seen as a “forced reaction” rather than a “willed choice,” and while the tough hero must cultivate an emotional distance in order to function, he is a hero precisely because, in a brutal and callous society, he retains a true, deep, and immediate ability to feel. Schmid’s crime fiction hero is tough, but he is also, crucially, vulnerable and even sentimental. ” Schmid’s analysis of hard-boiled fiction is followed by a chapter on styles in modernism.

They are intended to offer a variety of interpretations of authors, texts, and the cultural milieu in which they are produced. Many of the essays zero in on the same texts, while drawing out different aspects of them. Others produce new textual vistas that have heretofore been submerged, marginalized, or even erased. Our hope is that readers find these multiple interpretive approaches, and the texts that come into view or take on a different inflection as a result, illuminating, provocative, and useful for their own critical practices.

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