A comprehensive, chronological overview of American literature in three scholarly and authoritative volumes A Companion to American Literature traces the history and development of American literature from its early origins in Native American oral tradition to 21st century digital literature. This comprehensive three-volume set brings together contributions from a diverse international team of accomplished young scholars and established figures in the field. Contributors explore a broad range of topics in historical, cultural, political, geographic, and technological contexts, engaging the work of both well-known and non-canonical writers of every period. Volume One is an inclusive and geographically expansive examination of early American literature, applying a range of cultural and historical approaches and theoretical models to a dramatically expanded canon of texts. Volume Two covers American literature between 1820 and 1914, focusing on the development of print culture and the literary marketplace, the emergence of various literary movements, and the impact of social and historical events on writers and writings of the period. Spanning the 20th and early 21st centuries, Volume Three studies traditional areas of American literature as well as the literature from previously marginalized groups and contemporary writers often overlooked by scholars. This inclusive and comprehensive study of American literature: Examines the influences of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and disability on American literature Discusses the role of technology in book production and circulation, the rise of literacy, and changing reading practices and literary forms Explores a wide range of writings in multiple genres, including novels, short stories, dramas, and a variety of poetic forms, as well as autobiographies, essays, lectures, diaries, journals, letters, sermons, histories, and graphic narratives. Provides a thematic index that groups chapters by contexts and illustrates their links across different traditional chronological boundaries A Companion to American Literature is a valuable resource for students coming to the subject for the first time or preparing for field examinations, instructors in American literature courses, and scholars with more specialized interests in specific authors, genres, movements, or periods.
Table of Contents
Volume I: Origins-1820 Full Table of Contents Editors Notes on Contributors to Volume I General Introduction Susan Belasco Introduction to Volume I Theresa Strouth Gaul Chronology Origins-1820 1. The Storyteller's Universe: Indigenous Oral Literatures Kenneth M. Roemer 2. Cross-Cultural Encounters in Early American Literatures: From Incommensurability to Exchange Kelly Wisecup 3. Settlement Literatures Before and Beyond the Stories of Nations Tamara Harvey 4. The Puritan Culture of Letters Abram Van Engen 5. Writing the Salem Witch Trials Peter J. Grund 6. Captivity: From Babylon to Indian Country Andrew Newman 7. Africans in Early America Cassander L. Smith 8. Migration, Exile, Imperialism: The Non-English Literatures of Early America Reconsidered Patrick M. Erben 9. Environment and Environmentalism Timothy Sweet 10. Acknowledging Early American Poetry Christopher N. Phillips 11. Travel Writings in Early America, 1680-1820 Susan C. Imbarrato 12. Early Native American Literacies to 1820: Systems of Meaning, Categories of Knowledge Transmission Hilary E. Wyss 13. The Varieties of Religious Expression in Early American Literature Sandra M. Gustafson 14. Benjamin Franklin: Printer, Editor, and Writer Stephen Carl Arch 15. Writing Lives: Autobiography in Early America Jennifer A. Desiderio 16. Captivity Recast: The Captivity Narrative in the Long Eighteenth Century Jodi Schorb 17. Gender, Sex, and Seduction in Early American Literature Ivy Schweitzer 18. Letters in Early American Manuscript and Print Cultures Eve Tavor Bannet 19. Early American Evangelical Print Culture Wendy Raphael Roberts 20. The First Black Atlantic: The Archive and Print Culture of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery John Saillant 21. Manuscripts, Manufacts, and Social Authorship Susan Stabile 22. Cosmopolitan Correspondences: The American Republic of Letters and the Circulation of Enlightenment Thought Chiara Cillerai 23. Revolutionary Print Culture, 1763-1776 Philip Gould 24. Founding Documents: Writing the American into Being Trish Loughran 25. From the Wharf to the Woods: The Development of U.S. Regional and National Publishing Networks, 1787-1820 Phillip H. Round 26. Performance, Theatricality, and Early American Drama Laura L. Mielke 27. Charles Brockden Brown and the Novel in the 1790s Philip Barnard, Mark L. Kamrath and Stephen Shapiro 28. Medicine, Disability, and Early American Literature Sari Altschuler 29. Remapping the Canonical Interregnum: Periodization, Canonization, & the American Novel, 1800-1820 Duncan Faherty 30. Commerce, Class, and Cash: Economics in Early American Literature Elizabeth Hewitt 31. Haiti and the Early American Imagination Michael J. Drexler Index to Volume I Volume II edited by: Linck Johnson Volume II: 1820-1914 Editors Notes on Contributors to Volume II General Introduction Susan Belasco Introduction to Volume II Linck Johnson Chronology 1820-1914 1. The Transformation of Literary Production, 1820-1865 Susan Belasco 2. Travel Writing Susan L. Roberson 3. The Historical Romance Monika M. Elbert and Leland S. Person 4. The Gothic Tale Gerald Kennedy 5. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Transcendentalism Phyllis Cole 6. Henry David Thoreau and the Literature of the Environment Rochelle L. Johnson 7. Herman Melville and the Antebellum Reading Public David O. Dowling 8. Women Writers at Midcentury Nicole Tonkovich 9. Popular Poetry and the Rise of Anthologies Amanda Gailey 10. Walt Whitman and the New York Literary World Edward Whitley 11. Emily Dickinson and the Tradition of Women Poets Elizabeth A. Petrino 12. The Literature of Antebellum Reform Linck Johnson 13. Sex, the Body, and Health Reform David Greven 14. Proslavery and Antislavery Literature Susan M. Ryan 15. Gender and the Construction of Antebellum Slave Narratives Philathia Bolton and Venetria Patton 16. Antebellum Oratory John C. Briggs 17. Literature and the Civil War Shirley Samuels 18. Disability and Literature Mary Klages 19. The Development of Print Culture, 1865-1914 William Hardwig 20. Local Color and the Rise of Regionalism Anne Boyd Rioux 21. Poetry, Periodicals, and the Marketplace Nadia Nurhussein 22. Realism from William Dean Howells to Edith Wharton Alfred Bendixen 23. Mark Twain and the Idea of American Identity Andrew Levy 24. Henry James at Home and Abroad John Carlos Rowe 25. Naturalism Donna Campbell 26. Social Protest Fiction Alicia Mischa Renfroe 27. The Immigrant Experience James Nagel 28. Double Consciousness: African American Writers at the Turn of the Century Shirley Moody-Turner 29. Native American Voices Cari Carpenter 30. Latina/o Voices Jesse Aleman 31. The Emergence of an American Drama, 1820-1914 Cheryl Black Index to Volume II Volume III: 1914-Present Editors Notes on Contributors to Volume III General Introduction Susan Belasco Introduction to Volume III Michael Soto Chronology 1914-Present 1. Magazines, Little and Large: American Print Culture in the Early Twentieth Century Jayne E. Marek 2. Regional Literary Expressions Philip Joseph 3. The Literature of the U.S. South: Modernism and Beyond John Wharton Lowe 4. American Literature and the Academy Eric Bennett 5. The Literature of World War I Hazel Hutchison 6. The Course of Modern American Poetry Charles Altieri 7. Modernism and the American Novel Linda Wagner-Martin 8. The Little Theatre Movement DeAnna M. Toten Beard 9. The Lost Generation and American Expatriatism Michael Soto 10. The Harlem Renaissance and the New Negro Maureen Honey 11. Proletarian Literature Barbara Foley 12. Realism in American Drama Brenda Murphy 13. Nature Writing and the New Environmentalism Karla Armbruster 14. The Literature and Film of World War II Philip Beidler 15. The Beat Minds of Their Generation David Sterritt 16. The Black Arts Movement and the Racial Divide Amy Abugo Ongiri 17. Literary Self-Fashioning in the Pharmacological Age: Confessional Poetry Michael Thurston 18. New Frontiers in Postmodern Theater Kerstin Schmidt 19. Poetry at the End of the Millennium John Lowney 20. The Literature and Film of the Vietnam War Mark A. Heberle 21. Gay and Lesbian Literature Guy Davidson 22. American Literature in Languages Other than English Steven G. Kellman 23. Jewish American Literary Forms Victoria Aarons 24. Native American Literary Forms Thomas C. Gannon 25. Asian American Literary Forms Una Chung 26. Latina/o Literary Forms Marta Caminero-Santangelo 27. African American Fiction After Hiroshima and Nagasaki Michael Hill 28. Creative Nonfictions Barrie Jean Borich 29. The Rise and Nature of the Graphic Novel Stephen E. Tabachnick 30. The Digital Revolution and the Future of American Reading Naomi S. Baron Index to Volume III Consolidated Index