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Where is American Literature? offers a spirited and compelling argument for rethinking the way we view American literature in relation to the nation while powerfully demonstrating why it continues to matter in a global age.
- A refreshing and accessible investigation into the various locations - linguistic, geographical, virtual, ideological - where American writing is produced and consumed
- Takes a highly original approach by viewing US literature spatially rather than chronologically or thematically, retuning our understanding of the subject
- The book offers a vital intervention in current debates over the impact of digital technologies on the production and reception of literature, ensuring that the field remains lively and dynamic
- Invites readers to reconsider the subject by questioning current perspectives on, and approaches to, US literature, offering a range of fresh perspectives on familiar texts and topics
Caroline F. Levander is the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Initiatives, Carlson Professor in the Humanities, and Professor of English at Rice University. Levander is author of, amongst others, Voices of the Nation: Women and Public Speech in Nineteenth-Century American Culture and Literature (Cambridge University Press, 1998, paperback reprint 2009), and Cradle of Liberty: Race, the Child and National Belonging from Thomas Jefferson to W.E.B. Du Bois (Duke University Press, 2006).
Table of Contents
Introduction: Discovering American Literature 1
PART I Places 33
In the Eye of the Beholder 35
On the Edge 63
PART II Environments 89
In the Cloud 91
In the House 114
PART III Communities 135
At the Club 137
Under Enemy Fire 157
Conclusion: Home As Found 182
Suggested Further Reading 190