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Where Is American Literature? (Blackwell Manifestos)

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What is American literature’s purpose, and does it continue to have enduring value? Where is American Literature? offers a spirited and compelling argument for rethinking the way we view American literature in relation to arguably the most muscular and robust nation on the world stage over the past 100 years,  and demonstrates why we still need it.

Levander challenges the very idea of American literature, placing it in a globalized context, and even subtly undermining the notion of the author. Refusing to speak of American Literature as a body of work, Levander instead sees the genre as a varied and unrelated assortment of multilingual forms, ranging from instruction manuals and Twitter feed to novels and poetry. The original - and at times irreverent - perspectives will change the way we consider American Literature in the future, while offering all of us a better, deeper, and more enlightened understanding of why American literature continues to matter.

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Where is American Literature? offers a spirited and compelling argument for rethinking the way we view American literature in relation to the nation while powerfully demonstrating why it continues to matter in a global age.
  •  A refreshing and accessible investigation into the various locations - linguistic, geographical, virtual, ideological - where American writing is produced and consumed
  •  Takes a highly original approach by viewing US literature spatially rather than chronologically or thematically, retuning our understanding of the subject
  • The book offers a vital intervention in current debates over the impact of digital technologies on the production and reception of literature, ensuring that the field remains lively and dynamic
  • Invites readers to reconsider the subject by questioning current perspectives on, and approaches to, US literature, offering a range of fresh perspectives on familiar texts and topics

About the Author

Caroline F. Levander is the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Initiatives, Carlson Professor in the Humanities, and Professor of English at Rice University. Levander is author of, amongst others, Voices of the Nation: Women and Public Speech in Nineteenth-Century American Culture and Literature (Cambridge University Press, 1998, paperback reprint 2009), and Cradle of Liberty: Race, the Child and National Belonging from Thomas Jefferson to W.E.B. Du Bois (Duke University Press, 2006).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: Discovering American Literature 1

PART I Places 33

In the Eye of the Beholder 35

On the Edge 63

PART II Environments 89

In the Cloud 91

In the House 114

PART III Communities 135

At the Club 137

Under Enemy Fire 157

Conclusion: Home As Found 182

Suggested Further Reading 190

Index 199

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405192361
Author:
Levander, Caroline F.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Author:
Levander, Caroline
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
American
Subject:
American literature
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WOL online Book (not BRO)
Series:
Wiley-Blackwell Manifestos
Publication Date:
20130528
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
210
Dimensions:
239.3 x 163.29 x 16.4 mm 16 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Where is American Literature? offers a spirited and compelling argument for rethinking the way we view American literature in relation to the nation while powerfully demonstrating why it continues to matter in a global age.
  •  A refreshing and accessible investigation into the various locations - linguistic, geographical, virtual, ideological - where American writing is produced and consumed
  •  Takes a highly original approach by viewing US literature spatially rather than chronologically or thematically, retuning our understanding of the subject
  • The book offers a vital intervention in current debates over the impact of digital technologies on the production and reception of literature, ensuring that the field remains lively and dynamic
  • Invites readers to reconsider the subject by questioning current perspectives on, and approaches to, US literature, offering a range of fresh perspectives on familiar texts and topics
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