Reading the American Novel 1865-1914
Locates American novels and stories within a specific historical and literary context
Toward the `Great American Novel`: Romance and Romanticism in the Age of Realism.
Of Realism and Reality: Definitions and Contexts.
Dramas of the Broken Teacup: American `Quiet` Realism.
The Nature of Naturalism: Definitions and Backgrounds.
Implacable Nature, Household Tragedy, and Epic Romance.
Frank Norris: The Beast Within.
Rocking-Horse Winners: Theodore Dreiser and Urban Naturalism.
Subjective Realism: Stephen Crane`s Impressionist Techniques.
9. `Impressions` of War: The Interior Battlefield.
10. Sense and Sensibility: Sentimental Domesticity and `New Woman`s Fiction`.
11. Domestic Feminism: The Problematic Louisa May Alcott.
12. `All the Happy Endings`: Marriage, Insanity and Suicide .
13. Vulgarians at the Gate: Edith Wharton and the Collapse of Gentility.
14. Tea-Table as Jungle: Henry James and the Psychopathology of Everyday Life.
15. Economies of Pain: W. D. Howells .
16. The `Gilded Age`: Genteel Critics and Militant Muckrakers.
17. What Is An American? Regionalism and Race.
18. The Territory Ahead: Emerging African American Voices.
19. The `Dream of a Republic`: War, Reconstruction, and Future History.
20. At the Modernist Margin: Mark Twain.