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Here is a list of some sample books on this period in Voyager.
American Literature in Context from 1865 to 1929 by This book places major literary works within the context of the topics that engaged a great number of American writers in the period from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the Great Depression <ul> <li>Topics include Civil War memory, the virtual re-enslavement of African-Americans after Reconstruction, and radical social movements</li> <li>Draws on a range of documents from magazine and newspaper accounts to government reports and important non-fiction</li> <li>Presents a contemporary history as writers might have understood it as they were writing, not as historians have interpreted it.</li> <li>Designed to be compatible with the major anthologies of literature from the period</li> <li>Equips students and general readers with the necessary historical context needed to understand the writings from this period and provides original and useful readings that demonstrate how context contributes to meaning</li> <li>Includes a historical timeline, featuring key literary works, American presidents, and historical events</li> </ul>
Publication Date: 2010-08-02
The Language of War by The Language of War examines the relationship between language and violence, focusing on American literature from the Civil War, World War I, and World War II. James Dawes proceeds by developing two primary questions: How does the strategic violence of war affect literary, legal, and philosophical representations? And, in turn, how do such representations affect the reception and initiation of violence itself? Authors and texts of central importance in this study range from Louisa May Alcott and William James to William Faulkner, the Geneva Conventions, and contemporary American organizational sociology and language theory.
Publication Date: 2002-02-28
The American Civil War by Bringing together a wide variety of both well-known and more obscure writing from and about the Civil War, along with supplementary appendices to facilitate use in courses, this is an excellent guide to a major event in American history. The American Civil War includes: short fiction and poetry; public addresses; diary entries; song lyrics; essays from authors such as Walt Whitman, Ambrose Bierce, Stephen Crane, and Louisa May Alcott; and, writings from well-known figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Jefferson Davis, and Ulysses S. Grant. Not only including those directly involved in the war, but also those writing about the war afterward, to include the perspective of historical memory, this collection makes the perfect addition to any course on the Civil War or history and popular memory.
Publication Date: 2006-06-06
Huck Finn's America by A provocative, exuberant, and deeply researched investigation into Mark Twain's writing of Huckleberry Finn, which turns on its head everything we thought we knew about America's favorite icon of childhood. In Huck Finn's America, award-winning biographer Andrew Levy shows how modern readers have been misunderstanding Huckleberry Finn for decades. Twain's masterpiece, which still sells tens of thousands of copies each year and is taught more than any other American classic, is often discussed either as a carefree adventure story for children or a serious novel about race relations, yet Levy argues convincingly it is neither. Instead, Huck Finn was written at a time when Americans were nervous about youth violence and "uncivilized" bad boys, and a debate was raging about education, popular culture, and responsible parenting - casting Huck's now-celebrated "freedom" in a very different and very modern light. On issues of race, on the other hand, Twain's lifelong fascination with minstrel shows and black culture inspired him to write a book not about civil rights, but about race's role in entertainment and commerce, the same features upon which much of our own modern consumer culture is also grounded. In Levy's vision, Huck Finn has more to say about contemporary children and race that we have ever imagined-if we are willing to hear it. An eye-opening, groundbreaking exploration of the character and psyche of Mark Twain as he was writing his most famous novel, Huck Finn's America brings the past to vivid, surprising life, and offers a persuasive-and controversial-argument for why this American classic deserves to be understood anew.
Publication Date: 2014-12-30
Henry James Today by Henry James Today is a collection of seven essays focused on the relevance of Henry James's work for an understanding of current problems. This volume includes studies of how James and such contemporaries as Mark Twain and the Brazilian novelist Machado de Assis have influenced each other and modernist and postmodernist writers, such as Cynthia Ozick, Jonathan Franzen, and Philip Roth. These traditional studies of literary influence are complemented by essays on Henry James and visual media (collage, painting, sculpture, architecture) and new media (digital social media and the digital humanities). Recognizing the significant cultural and technological changes since James lived and wrote, the contributors nonetheless focus on the historical and cultural continuities between James's era and our own.Other contributors focus on innovative practices in James's cultural era to understand how the modernist avant-garde anticipated social and aesthetic issues that are today central to our lives.The contributors represent a global spectrum of James Studies, and their diverse essays indicate James's powerful influence on aesthetic and social issues. Brad Evans (Rutgers University), Ashley Barnes (Williams College), Harilaos Stecopoulos (University of Iowa), Harold Hellwig (Idaho State University), Geraldo Càffaro (Universidade Federale de Minais Gerais, Brazil), John Carlos Rowe (University of Southern California), and Shawna Ross (Arizona State University) represent an exemplary cross-section of those scholars working on Henry James today.
Publication Date: 2014-08-01
Whitman among the Bohemians by For several years just before and just after his 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass appeared, Walt Whitman regularly frequented Pfaff’s beer cellar in downtown Manhattan. The basement bar was the very center of mid-nineteenth-century American bohemian activity and was heavily patronized by writers, artists, musicians, actors, intellectuals, and radicals such as free-love advocate Henry Clapp, Jr., and Broadway succès de scandale Adah Isaacs Menken. Numerous creative and political ventures emerged from this environment, and at least two bohemian literary weeklies, The New-York Saturday Press and Vanity Fair, shared origins around the tables at Pfaff’s. In this milieu, Whitman found sympathetic supporters of his poetic vision, professional connections, rivals, romantic partners, and close friends, and left a lasting impression on poet and critic Edmund Clarence Stedman, an erstwhile bohemian who later in the century emerged as a tastemaker of American poetry. Yet for many years, the bohemians associated with Pfaff’s have served merely as minor background characters in Whitman scholarship. Whitman among the Bohemians corrects that by exploring in depth the connections Whitman made at Pfaff’s and the impact they had on him, his poetry, and his career. In telling the story of these intersecting social and professional links that converged at Pfaff’s in the late 1850s and early 1860s, the essays in this volume powerfully demonstrate just how much we can learn about Whitman and his work by viewing him within the context of American bohemia. CONTRIBUTORS: Stephanie Blalock, Ruth Bohan, Leif Eckstrom, Logan Esdale, Amanda Gailey, Karen Karbiener, Joanna Levin, Mary Loeffelholz, Eliza Richards, Ingrid Satelmajer, Robert J. Scholnick, Edward Whitley
Publication Date: 2014-10-01