American History Through Literature 1870-1920, Volume 3 by Tom Quirk

By Tom Quirk

This A-Z, cross-referenced and illustrated identify presents a different review of the interval following the Civil battle throughout the emergence of the us as an international strength on the finish of worldwide battle I. The set gains greater than 250 survey entries. matters comprise: political subject matters (Reform, Women's Suffrage); principles in context (Scientific Materialism, Darwinism); values (Assimilation, Success); society (Labor, Mass Marketing); genres (Science Fiction, conflict Writing); well known leisure (Baseball, Boxing); publishing (Scribner's Magazine); works of literature and nonfiction ("Billy Budd," "The idea of the rest Class"); and lots more and plenty extra. The research of a variety of classics in American literature, seen as cultural and historic records, cultivates serious abilities in interpreting texts from a variety of views, together with aesthetic, biographical, social, old, racial and gendered. in addition to its spouse name at the interval masking 1820 to 1870, this set offers a entire assessment of a key century in American ancient and literary reports.

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Bourne argued that in The Promised Land Antin does not merely adapt herself to America but also absorbs the America who reads her into her story. By positioning her assimilated audience so that they would identify with her story, Antin challenged what the notion of “assimilation” is conventionally understood to mean. ” Antin signals her audience to the complexity of her Americanization in her introduction to the book, where she announces that her story is one of discarded selves: I was born, I have lived, and I have been made over.

Studies in American Jewish Literature 5 (1986): 44–53. Boelhower, William. ” In American Autobiography: Retrospect and Prospect, edited by John Paul Eakin, pp. 123– 141. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1991. Bourne, Randolph. The Radical Will: Selected Writings, 1911–1918. New York: Urizen, 1977. Girgus, Sam B. The New Covenant: Jewish Writers and the American Idea. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1984. Guttman, Allen. The Jewish Writer in America: Assimilation and the Crisis of Identity.

The prostitute in literature was not only allowed to survive but also to succeed. In the posthumously published Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise (1917), David Graham Phillips (1867–1911) makes his title character an illegitimate child who strikes out on her own as a teenager. Poverty forces her into prostitution, which she tries to escape, yet she repeatedly returns to her life as a prostitute. Finally befriended by a distinguished playwright, she is able to succeed as an actress. Susan Lenox marks the start of a more complex, more nuanced depiction of the prostitute in literature that subsequent authors would continue to develop with a greater degree of sympathy and forgiveness.

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