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A Companion to American Fiction 1865–1914

Edited by: ROBERT PAUL LAMB and G. R. THOMPSON
eISBN: 9781405100649
Print publication date: 2005


Subject Literature » American Literature

Period 1000 - 1999 » 1800-1899

Key-Topics fiction

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405100649.2005.x

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A Companion to American Fiction 1865–1914

A Companion to American Fiction 1865–1914 is a groundbreaking collection of essays written by leading critics for a wide audience of students, scholars, and intersted general readers.

Containing 29 essays and 12 illustrations with accompanying texts, this comprehensive volume is divided into three sections covering historical traditions and genres, contexts and themes, and major authors. The essays address a mixture of canonical and non-canonical subjects; so, alongside treatment of such standard topics as realism, naturalism, and regionalism are contributions on the romance, sentimentalism, early modernism, African American and Native American narratives, women's fiction, class, ethnicity, and the short story. A significant feature of the book is its inclusion of chapters on both frontier and urban narratives, Civil War literature, Darwin's influence on fiction, children's literature, consumer culture, law and narrative, utopian fiction, and ecological literature and ecocriticism. Contributors present lucid syntheses of the best criticism available on their topics and, at the same time, offer original perspectives of their own.

The Companion is a book that no one interested in nineteenth-century fiction or American literature can do without.

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LAMB, ROBERT PAUL and G. R. THOMPSON (eds). A Companion to American Fiction 1865–1914. Blackwell Publishing, 2005. Blackwell Reference Online. 22 October 2017 <http://www.blackwellreference.com/public/book.html?id=g9781405100649_9781405100649>



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