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Published: 28 December 2015

288 Pages | 1 halftone

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190276157

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American Literature as Cultural Analysis

Joel Pfister

Oxford Studies in American Literary History

  • Argues that the canon of American literature performs the critical function of making us aware of America as a complex, contradictory, and potentially transformable system
  • Details how literature exposes our national experience
  • Demonstrates how the national literature chronicles the major societal shifts that have characterized American culture from the Industrial Revolution to the Information Age
  • Reads work by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Frederick Douglass, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Eugene O'Neill, Langston Hughes, and many others