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Description - A Concise Companion to American Fiction 1900 - 1950 by Peter Stoneley

This Concise Companion offers an authoritative overview of American fiction from 1900 - 1950, focusing on the literature that developed out of the social, cultural, and political changes which occurred in the first part of the twentieth century. With careful reference to key authors and their works, newly commissioned chapters examine the period's formative events, such as the Depression and the two world wars, and their representation in literature. In addition, essays also analyze the multiple and paradoxical self-descriptions that have been taken to define modernism, such as the "rise of proletarian literature" and the "high modernist" novel.Looking at issues of race, language, cosmopolitanism, book production, and gender, this volume introduces the contextual information and strategic knowledge that students can use to formulate their own readings of classic American fiction. Authors such as William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway, who have defined our understanding of modernism for so long, are reread in relation to key texts of the period by Richard Wright, Charles Chesnutt, Zora Neale Hurston, and Anzia Yezierska. This Concise Companion examines the original context of these authors' works and looks at its current reception to uncover how twentieth-century literature is being reinterpreted in the new millennium.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781405133678
ISBN-10: 1405133678
Format: Hardback
(225mm x 161mm x 24mm)
Pages: 328
Imprint: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Peter Stoneley

Peter Stoneley is Professor of English in the School of English and American Literature at the University of Reading. He is author of Mark Twain and the Feminine Aesthetic (1992), Consumerism and American Girls Literature, 1860 1940 (2003), and A Queer History of the Ballet (2006). Cindy Weinstein is Professor of English at the California Institute of Technology. She is author of Family, Kinship, and Sympathy in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (2004), The Literature of Labor and the Labors of Literature: Allegory in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction (1995), and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Harriet Beecher Stowe (2004).

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