A Concise Companion to American Fiction 1900 - 1950 by Peter Stoneley, Cindy Weinstein

By Peter Stoneley, Cindy Weinstein

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

  • Considers often studied authors corresponding 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 different writers were interpreted of their personal day and the way present readings have improved our figuring out in their cultural and literary value
  • Covers a extensive variety of subject matters, together with the 1st and moment global Wars, literary language variations, writer big name, the city panorama, modernism, the Jazz Age, the good melancholy, regionalism, and African-American fiction
  • Gives scholars the contextual info helpful for formulating their very own reviews of vintage American fiction

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The locomotive is not simply these things itself, but a “symbol” of them, for the true force that Norris seeks to reckon with goes beyond any single object, but rather is elemental and universal; indeed, it extends to the land itself. ” The wheat is greater than any person who would attempt to control it, a symbol of the global, natural forces that will always prevail over the wills of even the most potent individuals. The emphasis on animality in Norris has a definitively masculine cast. As Gail Bederman and others have described, the turn of the twentieth century was a moment in which white manhood was widely considered to be in jeopardy from both the emasculation of “over-civilization” and competition from non-white peoples.

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. Du Bois avers that the sorrow songs refute the much-cited argument that the darker races are in a less-advanced stage in human progress.

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