By Peter Stoneley, Cindy Weinstein

ISBN-10: 1405133678

ISBN-13: 9781405133678

An authoritative advisor to American literature, this spouse examines the experimental types, socio-cultural alterations, literary hobbies, and significant authors of the early twentieth century. This better half offers authoritative and wide-ranging information on early twentieth-century American fiction.

  • Considers in general studied authors akin to Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway, along key texts of the interval by way of Richard Wright, Charles Chesnutt, Zora Neale Hurston, and Anzia Yezierska
  • Examines how the works of those diversified writers were interpreted of their personal day and the way present readings have multiplied our realizing in their cultural and literary value
  • Covers a vast variety of themes, together with the 1st and moment international Wars, literary language ameliorations, writer megastar, the city panorama, modernism, the Jazz Age, the good melancholy, regionalism, and African-American fiction
  • Gives scholars the contextual details invaluable for formulating their very own opinions of vintage American fiction

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In this way, the sorrow songs are paradigmatic in Souls, and Du Bois concludes the book with an appreciative and insightful analysis of this music. He emphasizes that the sorrow songs are organic to African American experiences: exile, betrayal, mourning, strife. Yet what Du Bois works to uncover for his readers 24 Turning the Century is the way that these songs represent a blending of displaced African and displaced European cultures on American soil. They carry centuriesold African melodies and rhythms even as they partially absorb the English language or the distortions of the minstrel stage.

Jarrett finds that, if turn-of-the-century writers found uplift a useful concept, later generations did not. Some either revised and critiqued uplift, as with the writers of the Harlem Renaissance, or they rejected it as a polite submission to white sensibilities, as was the case with writers from W. E. B. DuBois through to Richard Wright. Jarrett moves from Sutton Griggs’s Imperium in Imperio (1899) and Frances E. W. Harper’s Iola Leroy: Or, Shadows Uplifted (1899) through Charles Chesnutt’s The Marrow of Tradition (1901), arguing that while uplift is sometimes used to assert equal status with whites, it is also used at times to assert a higher status in relation to other, supposedly inferior blacks.

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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