A Concise Companion to American Fiction 1900 - 1950 by Peter Stoneley, Cindy Weinstein

By Peter Stoneley, Cindy Weinstein

An authoritative advisor to American literature, this better half examines the experimental kinds, socio-cultural alterations, literary pursuits, and significant authors of the early twentieth century. This spouse presents authoritative and wide-ranging tips on early twentieth-century American fiction.

  • Considers regularly studied authors equivalent to Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway, along key texts of the interval via 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 accelerated our realizing in their cultural and literary value
  • Covers a huge diversity of themes, together with the 1st and moment international Wars, literary language ameliorations, writer megastar, the city panorama, modernism, the Jazz Age, the good melancholy, regionalism, and African-American fiction
  • Gives scholars the contextual info beneficial for formulating their very own evaluations of vintage American fiction

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Sutpen then realizes that, in spite of his whiteness, his relative poverty makes him akin to the other back-door people – slaves – and this “crisis” inspires Sutpen’s subsequent determination to rise. However, to confuse the butler with a monkey is to invoke a Darwinian idea of evolution, with the black man representing an earlier stage of existence. But this is also to suggest that Sutpen himself is evolved from – fathered by – the black man. Racist ideas, then, whether Sutpen’s or the Agrarians’, are threatened by narratives of progress, whether Darwinian or 14 Introduction industrial, as such narratives imply change and dissolution.

Necessity! Expedience! But why is it necessary to excuse these acts of sophistry? Is not murder murder? Is not rapine rapine? ” Fiction becomes a battleground for claims of history; Chesnutt joined Hopkins and Dunbar in that battle with his 1901 historical romance The Marrow of Tradition. He already enjoyed a respectable literary reputation among a mixed audience for his two 1899 collections of framed short stories, The Conjure Woman and The Wife of His Youth. While these stories manipulated dialect, sentimentality, superstition, and humor to address slippery and difficult issues of race relations in the postReconstruction South, they made no claim to address any specific historical event.

Schmid’s crime fiction hero is tough, but he is also, crucially, vulnerable and even sentimental. ” Schmid’s analysis of hard-boiled fiction is followed by a chapter on styles in modernism. Style is often invoked as a key concept for defining, organizing, and evaluating literature, but critics nowadays seldom give any sustained attention to the topic. Paul Simpson and Don Hardy, in their chapter on “American Sentences,” explore a vocabulary drawn from the field of stylistics. They consider linguistic and literary devices as used by the writers of the period – dialect, labels, lexis, and syntax – before moving to a more developed analysis of the “hard-boiled” style.

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