Scenes of Nature, Signs of Men by Tony Tanner
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Scenes of Nature, Signs of Men
By Tony Tanner

Scenes of Nature, Signs of Men

Essays on 19th and 20th Century American Literature

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Scenes of Nature, Signs of Men by Tony Tanner

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This book is about the relationship of the American writer to his land and language - to the 'scene' and the 'sign', to the natural landscape and the inscriptions imposed upon it by men. Among the questions considered in the first section of the book are how does American Romantic writing differ from European; what are the peculiar problems faced by the American artist, and what roles does he adopt to tackle them; what kind of writing results when authors as different as Henry Adams and Mark Twain lament the vanishing of an earlier America, or when Adams and Henry James review their complex relationship to their homeland, or when W. D. Howells and Stephen Crane seek to define their themes in a specifically American setting. The second section of the book examines similar concerns in a number of contemporary writers, notably Thomas Pynchon, John Barth, Donald Barthelme, John DeLillo, and William Gass.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521311557
ISBN-10: 0521311551
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Aug-1989
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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