A Companion to American Literature and Culture (Blackwell by Paul Lauter

By Paul Lauter

This expansive significant other deals a collection of unpolluted views at the wealth of texts produced in and round what's now the United States.* Highlights the varied voices that represent American literature, embracing oral traditions, slave narratives, local writing, literature of our environment, and extra* Demonstrates that American literature was once multicultural earlier than Europeans arrived at the continent, or even extra so thereafter* bargains 3 distinctive paradigms for brooding about American literature, targeting: genealogies of yankee literary examine; writers and concerns; and modern theories and practices* permits scholars and researchers to generate richer, extra assorted and extra entire readings of yankee literature

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Still, Smith’s insult resonated with a discomfort that many felt then, and that many modern scholars of American literature and arts have continued to feel, about American culture, especially regarding cultural production before 1850. Until as recently as the early 1970s, a large majority of critics of American literature and the arts shared Smith’s bias, and they formulated a variety of explanations that rationalized such cultural failure. One theory was that the early settlers had been too occupied with establishing farms, trades, and communities to find time for writing and the arts.

Such a hierarchical social structure was quite conducive to the establishment of the arts and literature in the South because the property owners thought of themselves as a kind of aristocracy who possessed the leisure and learning to cultivate the arts and letters. The fact that most of the propertied families in the southern colonies also were Anglican was an advantage for literature because, unlike in New England, there were no religious prohibitions against the creative imagination. As with Catholicism, the Church of England encouraged music and elements of performance as a normal part of spiritual expression.

Castillo, Susan and Ivy Schweitzer. The Literatures of Colonial America: An Anthology. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2001. Davidson, Cathy. Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986. Elliott, Emory. The Cambridge Introduction to Early American Literature. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2002. ) Columbia History of the American Novel. New York: Columbia University Press, 1991a. ) The Prentice Hall Anthology of American Literature: Volume I.

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