A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction by David Seed (ed.)

By David Seed (ed.)

Via a wide-ranging sequence of essays and appropriate readings, A better half to Twentieth-Century usa Fiction provides an summary of yankee fiction released because the end of the 1st international War. 

  • Features a wide-ranging sequence of essays by way of American, British, and ecu experts in numerous literary fields
  • Written in an approachable and obtainable kind
  • Covers either vintage literary figures and modern novelists
  • Provides vast feedback for extra analyzing on the finish of every essay

Content:
Chapter 1 U.S. Modernism (pages 9–23): Susan Hegeman
Chapter 2 the town Novel (pages 24–35): James R. Giles
Chapter three The Western (pages 36–47): Neil Campbell
Chapter four Postmodern U.S. Fiction (pages 48–59): Hans Bertens
Chapter five glossy Gothic (pages 60–71): Marilyn Michaud
Chapter 6 the quick tale (pages 72–83): Mark Whalan
Chapter 7 Southern Fiction (pages 84–95): Sharon Monteith
Chapter eight Jewish American Fiction (pages 96–108): David Brauner
Chapter nine “Do not anything until eventually You pay attention from Me”: glossy African American Fiction (pages 109–121): A. Robert Lee
Chapter 10 U.S. Detective Fiction (pages 122–134): Cynthia S. Hamilton
Chapter eleven Hard?Boiled/Noir Fiction (pages 135–146): Lee Horsley
Chapter 12 Chicano Fiction (pages 147–158): Helen Oakley
Chapter thirteen Black Humor Fiction (pages 159–170): David Seed
Chapter 14 Fiction at the Vietnam struggle (pages 171–182): Philip Melling and Subarno Chattarji
Chapter 15 The Rediscovery of the local American (pages 183–194): pleasure Porter
Chapter sixteen Trash Fiction (pages 195–206): Stacey Olster
Chapter 17 Edith Wharton (pages 207–218): Pamela Knights
Chapter 18 Willa Cather's Entropology: Permanence and Transmission (pages 219–228): man J. Reynolds
Chapter 19 Gertrude Stein and Seriality (pages 229–239): Ulla Haselstein
Chapter 20 Ernest Hemingway (pages 240–250): Peter Messent
Chapter 21 John Dos Passos (pages 251–260): Andrew Hook and David Seed
Chapter 22 Thomas Wolfe (pages 261–270): Anne Ricketson Zahlan
Chapter 23 F. Scott Fitzgerald (pages 271–281): William Blazek
Chapter 24 Zora Neale Hurston (pages 282–291): Lovalerie King
Chapter 25 Theodore Dreiser (pages 292–301): Clare Virginia Eby
Chapter 26 William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha (pages 302–312): Charles A. Peek
Chapter 27 H.D.'s Visionary Prose (pages 313–321): Rachel Connor
Chapter 28 John Steinbeck (pages 322–331): Brian Railsback
Chapter 29 Raymond Chandler (pages 332–341): Sean McCann
Chapter 30 Richard Wright (pages 342–351): Tara T. Green
Chapter 31 Ralph Ellison (pages 352–360): Rachel Farebrother
Chapter 32 James Baldwin (pages 361–368): D. Quentin Miller
Chapter 33 Vladimir Nabokov (pages 369–376): Barbara Wyllie
Chapter 34 Norman Mailer (pages 377–385): Michael okay. Glenday
Chapter 35 William S. Burroughs (pages 386–394): Davis Schneiderman
Chapter 36 Saul Bellow (pages 395–402): Michael Austin
Chapter 37 Gore Vidal (pages 403–410): Heather Neilson
Chapter 38 Joseph Heller (pages 411–419): David M. Craig
Chapter 39 Kurt Vonnegut (pages 420–427): Jerome Klinkowitz
Chapter forty Thomas Pynchon (pages 428–435): Ian Copestake
Chapter forty-one Ishmael Reed: American Iconoclast (pages 436–444): Darryl Dickson?Carr
Chapter forty two Joyce Carol Oates (pages 445–453): Gavin Cologne?Brookes
Chapter forty three Philip Roth (pages 454–461): Timothy Parrish
Chapter forty four The Fiction of John Updike: well timed and undying (pages 462–470): Brian Keener
Chapter forty five Maxine Hong Kingston (pages 471–479): Helena Grice
Chapter forty six Toni Morrison (pages 480–488): Jennifer Terry
Chapter forty seven Alice Walker (pages 489–496): Maria Lauret
Chapter forty eight Don DeLillo (pages 497–504): Mark Osteen
Chapter forty nine Gerald Vizenor: Postindian Gamester (pages 505–513): A. Robert Lee
Chapter 50 Bret Easton Ellis (pages 514–521): James Annesley
Chapter fifty one Amy Tan: “American conditions and chinese language personality” (pages 522–529): Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson
Chapter fifty two Paul Auster: Poet of Solitude (pages 530–538): Mark Brown
Chapter fifty three Bharati Mukherjee (pages 539–546): Judie Newman

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Central to the plot of The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man is the trope of “passing,” the passing of light-skinned characters of African blood as white. Nella Larsen’s Passing (1929), set in Chicago and New York, explores the same phenomenon. Lawrence R. Rodgers writes that the Harlem Renaissance novels, Jessie Fauset’s There is Confusion (1924), Claude McKay’s Home to Harlem (1928), Rudolph Fisher’s Walls of Jericho (1928), and Wallace Thurman’s Infants of the Spring (1932), are devoted to “bringing to life the hum and buzz of Harlem’s spirited, almost-human personality” (Rodgers: 78).

In this vein, it is significant that Stein, writing from Paris, repeatedly addressed the topic of the American character (The Making of Americans; The Geographical History of America or the Relation of Human Nature to the Human Mind, 1935; Four in America, 1947). Williams’s In the American Grain (1925), a fascinating mix of historical fiction and cultural commentary, resituates American history within a complex and multinational story of contact and conquest: from the early Viking explorations of the Atlantic seaboard to Spanish contact and conquest and the French missionary efforts in the Great Lakes region.

S. Modernism 19 Thus we see that, even in the case of these fragmented narratives, there remains a strong desire for something like a totality. This helps account for the fact that, in the moment of the short, sketchy narrative, monumentally long works were also characteristic of modernist fiction. Notable examples of this are Stein’s thousand-page long family epic, The Making of Americans (1925) and the linked autobiographical fictions of Thomas Wolfe (Look Homeward, Angel, 1929; Of Time and the River, 1935; The Web and the Rock, 1939; You Can’t Go Home Again, 1940).

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