By Peter Stoneley, Cindy Weinstein
An authoritative consultant to American literature, this spouse examines the experimental types, socio-cultural adjustments, literary events, and significant authors of the early twentieth century. This better half offers authoritative and wide-ranging tips on early twentieth-century American fiction.
- Considers generally studied authors comparable to Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway, along key texts of the interval through Richard Wright, Charles Chesnutt, Zora Neale Hurston, and Anzia Yezierska
- Examines how the works of those various writers were interpreted of their personal day and the way present readings have multiplied our realizing in their cultural and literary importance
- Covers a extensive diversity of subject matters, together with the 1st and moment global Wars, literary language alterations, writer superstar, the city panorama, modernism, the Jazz Age, the nice melancholy, regionalism, and African-American fiction
- Gives scholars the contextual details worthy for formulating their very own reviews of vintage American fiction
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For example, in The Clansman, the impetus for the formation of the Ku Klux Klan is the rape of a young white woman named Marion (whose only dream was to marry young and “to ﬁll the world with ﬂowers, laughter, and music”) by a black man, Augustus “Gus” Caesar. After the rape, Marion and her mother decide to commit suicide together and thereby hide her shame. ” Whatever doubt lingers in characters’ minds over this pseudo-scientiﬁc evidence is abolished when Gus, under hypnosis, reenacts the crime for a jury of clansmen.
Wald focuses on James T. Farrell, Tillie Olsen, and Richard Wright. Farrell’s Studs Lonigan trilogy explores lower- and lower-middle-class life through 12 Introduction the Irish American Studs. Although Farrell’s social and Marxist commitments are clear, he was somewhat at odds with a narrow Communist aesthetic, in that he did not idealize the working class. He can also be distinguished from the naturalists, in that, in true Marxist fashion, his characters are able, on occasion, to liberate themselves from the forces that otherwise determine their existence.
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A concise companion to American fiction, 1900-1950 by Peter Stoneley, Cindy Weinstein