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

By David Seed (ed.)

Via a wide-ranging sequence of essays and correct readings, A significant other to Twentieth-Century usa Fiction offers an outline of yankee fiction released because the end of the 1st global War. 

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

Chapter 1 U.S. Modernism (pages 9–23): Susan Hegeman
Chapter 2 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”: sleek 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 battle (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 situations 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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But we may also see this brevity and fragmentation appearing in longer works 18 Susan Hegeman as well. Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio (1919) can be read as a collection of short stories, all of which share the common setting of a small Ohio town and a set of themes regarding the personal isolation of individuals within small-town Protestant America. But read as an arranged ensemble, the stories also comprise a fragmented bildungsroman of George Willard, a continuing character throughout many of the stories, whose sexual and emotional maturation is loosely charted throughout the work.

London: Verso. 2 The City Novel James R. Giles Two disparate visions dominate the twentieth-century American urban novel, which initially focused upon New York City and Chicago. The city is frequently envisioned as a seductive space of exotic adventure and fresh opportunity, and just as often as a suffocating, closed space corrupted by racism and economic oppression. Moreover, these contrasting approaches are not mutually exclusive. Twentieth-century American novels either emphasize one half of this dichotomy over the other or, in some of the most memorable American urban fiction, explore the city as a simultaneously open and closed space.

Indeed, as Toomer himself noted, “From three angles, CANE’S design is a circle” (Toomer: 152). There is significant tension here between the fragmentary nature of the text and Toomer’s insistence upon conceptual design and closure. For indeed, Toomer’s desire here is both to try to describe African American life in its cultural entirety and to re-imagine it in such a way that closes what he sees as the gap between the tragic violence and ignorance of the authentic rural folk and the alienation and sterility of the urban black middle class.

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