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TitleThe Oxford handbook of nineteenth-century American literature
Author edited by Russ Castronovo
Imprint New York : Oxford University Press, c2012
Descript xii, 443 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


How do we approach the rich field of nineteenth-century American literature? How might we recalibrate the coordinates of critical vision and open up new areas of investigation? To answer such questions, this volume brings together 23 original essays written by leading scholars in American literary studies. By examining specific novels, poems, essays, diaries and other literary examples, the authors confront head-on the implications, scope, and scale of their analysis. The chapters foreground methodological concerns to assess the challenges of transnational perspectives, disability studies, environmental criticism, affect studies, gender analysis, and other cutting-edge approaches. The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature is thus both critically incisive and sharply practical, inviting attention to how readers read, how critics critique, and how interpreters interpret. It offers forceful strategies for rethinking protest novels, women's writing, urban literature, slave narratives, and popular fiction, just to name a few of the wide array of topics and genres covered. This volume, rather than surveying established ideas in studies of nineteenth-century American literature, registers what is happening now and anticipates what will shape the field's future


Antipodean American geography: Washington Irving's "globular" narratives -- The art of Chaos: community and African American literary traditons -- Are "American novels" novels? Mardi and the problem of boring books -- Reading race through disability: slavery and agency in Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson and "those extraordinary twins" -- The invention of Mexican American -- Creole kinship: privacy and the novel in the new world -- Looking at state violence: Lucy Parsons, Jose Marti and Haymarket -- Transatlantic vs. Hemispheric: Toni Morrison's long nineteenth century -- Temporality, race, and empire in cooper's The Deerslayer: the beginning of the end -- The visible and invisible city: Antebellum writers and urban space -- Animals and the formation of liberal subjectivity in nineteenth-century American literature -- Archives of publishing and gender: historical codes in literary analysis -- The novel as board game: homiletic identification and forms of interactive narrative -- Skepticism in nineteenth-century American literature and philosophy -- On the redundancy of "transnational American studies" -- How to read: regionalism and the Ladies' Home Journal -- Literature and the news -- Reading minds in the nineteenth century -- Making an example: American literature as philosophy -- Abolition and activism: the present uses of literary criticism -- Whose protest novel? Ramona, the Uncle Toms' Cabin of the Indian -- Nineteenth-century American literature without nature? rethinking environmental criticism -- "Action, action, action": nineteenth-century literature for twenty-first-century citizenship?

American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism

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