American History Through Literature: 1820-1920, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0684315440
  • ISBN-13: 9780684315447
  • DDC: 810.9
  • Grade Level Range: 10th Grade - College Senior
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  • Original Copyright 2006 | Published/Released January 2006
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2006
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Designed for the general reader, this six-volume set presents literature not as a simple inventory of authors or titles but rather as a historical and cultural field viewed from a wide array of contemporary perspectives. American History Through Literature, which is "new historicist" in its approach to literary criticism, endorses the notion that not only does history affect literature, but literature itself informs history. The set covers two time periods (each in three volumes): 1820 to 1870 (the early national era through the Civil War), and 1870 to 1920 (following the Civil War through the emergence of the United States as a world power at the end of World War I). While Gale strives to replicate print content, some content may not be available due to rights restrictions. Call your Sales Rep for details.

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"If the thought of purchasing yet another multivolume set dealing with American history or American literature gives one pause, the fact that these volumes intertwine both disciplines in a series of well-edited, expertly written, and highly readable essays should allay any concerns. Any work dealing with either discipline cannot avoid the other (the preface of the second set notes "the study of literature and the study of history have always been mutually complementary endeavors"), and this set provides the reader with a unique perspective on the cultural milieu of a growing nation." The sets give balanced viewpoints and devote a considerable number of entries to works by or about women (The Awakening, Poems of Emily Dickinson); African Americans (Blake; or, The Huts of America; The Two Offers); and Indians (American Indian stories, An Indian's Looking-Glass for the White Man) in addition to the requisite entries dealing with works by Hawthorne, Irving, Melville, Twain, and Whitman. All entries end with an up-to-date bibliography-most listing both primary and secondary works-plus cross-references to other entries within the set. --Booklist, May 2006

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American History Through Literature: 1820-1870  (ISBN-10: 0684314924 | ISBN-13: 9780684314921)

American History Through Literature: 1820—1870, designed for the general reader, presents literature not as a simple inventory of authors or titles but rather as a historical and cultural field viewed from a wide array of contemporary perspectives. This three-volume set provides a unique overview of the critical period that spans the early national era through the Civil War, and which witnessed the birth of a truly American literature. The set features more than 250 survey entries. Subjects include: political topics (Manifest Destiny, Underground Railroad); ideas in context (Transcendentalism); values (Sentimentalism, Mourning); genres (Dime Novels, Oratory); popular entertainment (Theatre); publishing (Harper's Monthly, Editors); works of literature and nonfiction ("Hiawatha," "Life in the Iron Mills"); and much more. This A-Z, cross-referenced, and illustrated title offers analysis of a wide range of classics in American literature, viewed as cultural and historical documents, cultivates critical skills in reading texts from various perspectives, including aesthetic, biographical, social, historical, racial and gendered. Along with its companion title on the period covering 1870 to 1920, this set provides a comprehensive overview of a key century in American historical and literary studies.

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American History Through Literature: 1870-1920  (ISBN-10: 0684314932 | ISBN-13: 9780684314938)

American History Through Literature: 1870--1920, designed for the general reader, presents literature not as a simple inventory of authors or titles but rather as a historical and cultural field viewed from a wide array of contemporary perspectives. This three-volume set provides a unique overview of the period following the Civil War through the emergence of the United States as a world power at the end of World War I. The set features more than 250 survey entries. Subjects include: political topics (Reform, Women's Suffrage); ideas in context (Scientific Materialism, Darwinism); values (Assimilation, Success); society (Labor, Mass Marketing); genres (Science Fiction, War Writing); popular entertainment (Baseball, Boxing); publishing (Scribner's Magazine); works of literature and nonfiction ("Billy Budd," "The Theory of the Leisure Class"); and much more. This A-Z, cross-referenced, and illustrated title offers analysis of a wide range of classics in American literature, viewed as cultural and historical documents, cultivates critical skills in reading texts from various perspectives, including aesthetic, biographical, social, historical, racial and gendered. Along with its companion title on the period covering 1820 to 1870, this set provides a comprehensive overview of a key century in American historical and literary studies.

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