By Cathy N. Davidson,Michael Moon,Annette Kolodny,Stephanie Athey
Defining the panorama of the hot American literary heritage, those essays are united via 3 interrelated matters: rules of beginning (where does "American literature" begin?), principles of state (what does "American literature" mean?), and ideas of race and gender (what does "American literature" contain and exclude and how?). paintings via writers as diversified as Aphra Behn, James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe, Frances Harper, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Herman Melville, William Faulkner, Harriet Jacobs, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Bharati Mukherjee, Booker T. Washington, Mark Twain, Kate Chopin, Américo Paredes, and Toni Morrison are mentioned from a number of theoretical views, utilizing numerous methodologies. problems with the "frontier" and the "border" in addition to these of coloniality and postcoloniality are explored. In each one case, those essays emphasize the ideological nature of nationwide identification and, extra in particular, the centrality of race and gender to our inspiration of nationhood.
Collected from contemporary problems with American Literature, with 3 new essays additional, Subjects and Citizens charts the hot instructions being taken in American literary studies.
Contributors. Daniel Cooper Alarcón, Lori Askeland, Stephanie Athey, Nancy Bentley, Lauren Berlant, Michele A. Birnbaum, Kristin Carter-Sanborn, Russ Castronovo, Joan Dayan, Julie Ellison, Sander L. Gilman, Karla F. C. Holloway, Annette Kolodny, Barbara Ladd, Lora Romero, Ramón Saldívar, Maggie Sale, Siobhan Senier, Timothy candy, Maurice Wallace, Elizabeth Young
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