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American literary history and the turn toward modernity / edited by Melanie V. Dawson and Meredith L. Goldsmith.

Other author/creatorDawson, Melanie, 1967- editor.
Other author/creatorGoldsmith, Meredith, editor.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Gainesville : University Press of Florida, [2018]
Copyright Notice ©2018
Description290 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction / Melanie V. Dawson and Meredith L. Goldsmith -- Literary pasts and presents -- "It is difficult to disengage a single thread from the living web of a nation's literature": Sarah Piatt and the construction of literary history / Karin L. Hooks -- Wavering in delight: time, progress, and the turn of the century in Theodore Dreiser's sister Carrie / Myrto Drizou -- Writing into modernity: Edith Wharton's the writing of fiction / John Nichols -- Contrasting cultures -- Boarding school poetry, Carlisle Indian Industiral School, and the demands of Americanization poetics and politics at the turn of the twentieth century / Cristina Stanciu -- On Jane Addams's feminist pragmatism: finding modern value in recovering the sentimental myth of the devil baby / Kristen Renzi -- Gender, marriage, and sexuality -- Companionate marriage across the century's turn: progress, patriarchy, and the problem of representation / Melanie V. Dawson -- Laura jean libbey and sexual transformation / Dale M. Bauer -- Jessie Fauset's not-so-new negro womanhood: the Harlem Renaissance, the long nineteenth century, and the legacy of feminine representation / Meredith L. Goldsmith -- Yours for the (marriage) revolution: Mary Austin and Jack London / Donna M. Campbell.
Abstract Approaching the period of 1880-1930 in American literature as one in which the processes of rethinking the past were as prevalent as wholly "new" works of art, this collection treats the century's long turn as a site that overtly staged the tension among conflicting sets of values--those of past, present, and the imagined future. As the authors of this collection demonstrate, the literature from the century's turn is irreducible to the characteristics either of the nineteenth or the twentieth centuries; rather, it is literature of dual practices and multiple values that embodies elastic qualities of historical plurality--a true literature in transition.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Genre/formCriticism, interpretation, etc.
LCCN 2017059971
ISBN0813056047 (cloth ; alk. paper)

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