By Peter Stoneley, Cindy Weinstein

ISBN-10: 1405133678

ISBN-13: 9781405133678

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

  • Considers in general studied authors corresponding to Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway, along key texts of the interval through Richard Wright, Charles Chesnutt, Zora Neale Hurston, and Anzia Yezierska
  • Examines how the works of those varied writers were interpreted of their personal day and the way present readings have elevated our realizing in their cultural and literary importance
  • Covers a wide variety of themes, together with the 1st and moment international Wars, literary language adjustments, writer big name, the city panorama, modernism, the Jazz Age, the good melancholy, regionalism, and African-American fiction
  • Gives scholars the contextual info beneficial for formulating their very own evaluations of vintage American fiction

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Rather, they signify the common struggles of humanity, and Du Bois proffers them to his readership as a hopeful gift, wondering: “Our song, our toil, our cheer, and warning have been given to this nation in blood-brotherhood. ” When the title character John leaves his small town of Altamaha, Georgia, in order to be educated at Wells Institute, a fictional black college, he finds that his education leaves him with a disturbing paradox: knowledge of history and his place in that history occlude his happiness, and yet he would not be content without that knowledge.

They carry centuriesold African melodies and rhythms even as they partially absorb the English language or the distortions of the minstrel stage. Du Bois avers that the sorrow songs refute the much-cited argument that the darker races are in a less-advanced stage in human progress. Rather, they signify the common struggles of humanity, and Du Bois proffers them to his readership as a hopeful gift, wondering: “Our song, our toil, our cheer, and warning have been given to this nation in blood-brotherhood.

The volume concludes with an analysis of creative “beliefs and practices” not normally discussed in the same breath as Eliot, Faulkner, and other high modernists. Rowe demonstrates that our understanding of modernism, in particular, is limited by arbitrary boundaries. Hence, his essay expands the notion of what might count as modernist, such as Native American Ghost Dances and Mario Suarez’s barrio fiction, and why they have not been counted. This last point is made by a recovery of the transnational aspects of texts, such as the anthropological writings of Zora Neale Hurston and the purposeful transgression of temporal borders.

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