American Literature in Context to 1865
1. Edition July 2010
2010. 204 Pages, Softcover
ISBN 978-1-4051-8863-0 - John Wiley & Sons
American Literature in Context to 1865 is the perfect companion for readers who want to familiarize themselves with the historical events and literary movements that shaped American literature from the pre-Columbian period to the end of the Civil War. Situating literary texts in their historical context, from indigenous texts to sermons, slave narratives, political tracts, novels, essays on abolition and women's rights, stories of the early frontier to poetry, Susan Castillo conveys the splendid untidiness and exuberant vitality of American literature, and the ways in which many different voices with different agendas have clamoured to be heard.
From the contents
Timeline of Texts and Historical Events.
The Arrival of the Europeans.
European Exploration and Settlement: The Anvil and the Golden Fleece.
The City on a Hill: Alternative Visions.
From Colonies to Nation.
American Expansion and the Transcendentalists.
The Struggle for Identity in Post-Revolutionary America.
The Originals: Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, and Walt Whitman.
A House Divided: Abolitionism, the Women's Movement, and the Civil War.