The American Revolution and the Civil War bracket roughly eight decades of formative change in a republic created in 1776 by a gesture that was both rhetorical and performative. The subsequent construction of U.S. national identity influenced virtually all art forms, especially prose fiction, until internal conflict disrupted the project of nation-building. This volume reassesses, in an authoritative way, the principal forms and features of the emerging American novel. It will include chapters on: the beginnings of the novel in the US; the novel and nation-building; the publishing industry; leading novelists of Antebellum America; eminent early American novels; cultural influences on the novel; and subgenres within the novel form during this period. This book is the first of the three proposed US volumes that will make up Oxford's ambitious new eleven-volume literary resource, The Oxford History of the Novel in English (OHONE), a venture being commissioned and administered on both sides of the Atlantic
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 656
Weight: 1150 g
Dimensions: 257 x 185 x 53 mm
..".readers should feel assured that this book represents an exceptionally and uniformly high level of scholarship. It provides a beautiful compendium of much of the best work that has come out of Americanist literary scholarship in the past two decades and, as such, should find a home on the shelf of every scholar of American literature and of the novel as a genre." --Thomas Allen, Eighteenth-Century Fiction
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