By Peter Stoneley, Cindy Weinstein
An authoritative advisor to American literature, this spouse examines the experimental varieties, socio-cultural alterations, literary events, and significant authors of the early twentieth century. This better half presents authoritative and wide-ranging tips on early twentieth-century American fiction.
- Considers as a rule studied authors reminiscent of Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway, along key texts of the interval by way of Richard Wright, Charles Chesnutt, Zora Neale Hurston, and Anzia Yezierska
- Examines how the works of those varied writers were interpreted of their personal day and the way present readings have increased our realizing in their cultural and literary importance
- Covers a huge diversity of themes, together with the 1st and moment international Wars, literary language alterations, writer star, the city panorama, modernism, the Jazz Age, the nice melancholy, regionalism, and African-American fiction
- Gives scholars the contextual info beneficial for formulating their very own reviews of vintage American fiction
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Hughes Satisﬁed that the sequence of men led to nothing and the sequence of their society could lead no further, while the mere sequence of thought was chaos, he turned at last to the sequence of force; and thus it happened that, after ten years’ pursuit, he found himself lying in the Gallery of Machines at the Great Exposition of 1900, with his historical neck broken by the sudden irruption of force totally new. The Education of Henry Adams (1907) Henry Adams’s meditation on “force” in the well-known “Virgin and the Dynamo” chapter of The Education climaxes in the language of physical violence.
Dore traces similar evolutionary motifs, and resistance to them, in the work of Fitzgerald and, especially, O’Connor. She ends with Richard Wright, using his example – and especially his exclusion from the canon of Southern writing – to critique once more an idea of “Southern minority” that seeks to evade contact and confusion with blackness. Whereas Dore analyzes the Agrarian ideal and the vexed status of modernism within it, Mary Esteve focuses on the effects of urbanization in big modern cities.
Jarrett focuses in particular on how writers negotiated the formidable cultural presence of Booker T. Washington, and the inﬂuential paradigm that Washington established in Up from Slavery (1901). Jarrett ﬁnds that, if turn-of-the-century writers found uplift a useful concept, later generations did not. Some either revised and critiqued uplift, as with the writers of the Harlem Renaissance, or they rejected it as a polite submission to white sensibilities, as was the case with writers from W.