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By Peter Stoneley, Cindy Weinstein

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

  • Considers in most cases studied authors resembling Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway, along key texts of the interval by means of Richard Wright, Charles Chesnutt, Zora Neale Hurston, and Anzia Yezierska
  • Examines how the works of those different writers were interpreted of their personal day and the way present readings have multiplied our knowing in their cultural and literary value
  • Covers a large variety of issues, together with the 1st and moment global Wars, literary language modifications, writer big name, the city panorama, modernism, the Jazz Age, the nice melancholy, regionalism, and African-American fiction
  • Gives scholars the contextual info beneficial for formulating their very own reviews of vintage American fiction

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Elliott and Jennifer A. Hughes century, as well as an influential experiment in terms of its varied generic and aesthetic composition. The dynamic conceptualizations and potent metaphors that he uses to probe the color-line influenced the development of American Modernism and fueled the Harlem Renaissance. In Souls, Du Bois locates the problem of race in the United States as a problem of perspective, of viewing things from the outside versus from the inside. A history of racism, argues Du Bois, created a “veil” between the races, obscuring the vision of each, but giving African Americans a particular insight into the forces that continued to divide them from whites.

Out of chance beginnings in journalism, Southwestern humor, and travel writing, Mark Twain rose to prominence at the end of the nineteenth century as a representative figure of American literature and culture. ” As important as his writing had been to the development of the national literary identity of the United States – readers championed his rough-and-tumble tales, his masterful use of dialect, and his balance of nostalgia and critique in narratives about the antebellum nation – was his literary persona as “Mark Twain” to marketing him as an American icon.

On the other hand, both of these terms are wholly useless when accounting for the kind of female experience depicted by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1899), her Gothic account of the “rest cure,” a treatment used for women suffering from nervous ailments. With its first-person monologue, its narrative fragmentation, and its vision of both oppression and release, Gilman’s story reads much more like the modernist fiction of the decades that followed it than the prose that had dominated the literary marketplace of the preceding one.

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