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Subject Literature » American Literature

Period 1000 - 1999 » 1900-1999

Key-Topics novel and novella

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631206873.2009.00003.x


For over three decades now I have taught a course in the modern American novel at Boston University. I've been remarkably fortunate in the intelligence, sense of adventure, and industry that students have brought to these classes. I want to dedicate this book to the undergraduate and graduate students who have made my course in the modern American novel a lifetime joy, and who have managed to make it a distinct intellectual challenge and achievement each semester. Many of you remain vividly memorable to me; I thank you for the countless observations and questions that have contributed to the evolution of my thinking about modern fiction, about contemporary American culture, and about why literature matters in the first place. I also wish to thank Melanie Benson for serving as a graduate research assistant during the preliminary phase of this book; as ever, her work for it was insightful and meticulous. My embarrassment at how long it's taken finally to complete this project is tempered a little by the pleasing fact that her own book will beat it to publication. I also wish to thank Boston University, particularly College of Arts and Sciences Deans Jeffrey Henderson and Virginia Sapiro, for research funds these past two years that helped in the preparation of the book for press. I want to thank as well the contributors to this Companion. I knew many of them professionally before ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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