Über den Autor
Richard Gray is Professor of Literature at the University of Essex and former Distinguished Visiting Professor at a number of universities in the United States. He is the first specialist in American literature to be elected a Fellow of the British Academy and has published over a dozen books on the topic, including the award-winning Writing the South (Ideas of an American Region (1986) and The Life of William Faulkner: A Critical Biography (1944). His History of American Literature is widely considered to be one of the standard works on the subject.
Preface and Acknowledgments.rn1 The First Americans: American Literature During the Colonial and Revolutionary Periods.rnImagining Eden.rnWriting of the Colonial and Revolutionary Periods.rn2 Inventing Americas: The Making of American Literature 1800-1865.rnMaking a Nation.rnThe Making of American Myths.rnThe Making of American Selves.rnThe Making of Many Americas.rnThe Making of an American Fiction and Poetry.rn3 Reconstructing the Past, Reimagining the Future: The Development of American Literature 1865-1900.rnRebuilding a Nation.rnThe Development of Literary Regionalisms.rnThe Development of Literary Realism and Naturalism.rnThe Development of Women's Writing.rnThe Development of Many Americas.rn4 Making It New: The Emergence of Modern American Literature 1900-1945.rnChanging National Identities.rnBetween Victorianism and Modernism.rnThe Inventions of Modernism.rnTraditionalism, Politics, and Prophecy.rnCommunity and Identity.rnMass Culture and the Writer.rn5 Negotiating the American Century: American Literature since 1945.rnTowards a Transnational Nation.rnFormalists and Confessionals.rnPublic and Private Histories.rnBeats, Prophets, and Aesthetes.rnThe Art and Politics of Race.rnRealism and Its Discontents.rnLanguage and Genre.rnCreating New Americas.rnIndex.
* A Brief History of American Literature offers students and general readers a concise and up-to-date history of the full range of American writing from its origins until the present day.
* Represents the only up-to-date concise history of American literature
* Covers fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction, as well as looking at other forms of literature including folktales, spirituals, the detective story, the thriller and science fiction
* Considers how our understanding of American literature has changed over the past twenty years
* Offers students an abridged version of History of American Literature, a book widely considered the standard survey text
* Provides an invaluable introduction to the subject for students of American literature, American studies and all those interested in the literature and culture of the United States