The most succinct volume of its kind, A Short Literary History of the United States offers an introduction to American Literature for students wanting to acquaint themselves with the most important periods, authors, and works of American literary history. Comprehensive yet concise, it provides an essential overview of the different currents in American literature in an accessible, engaging style. Ideal for beginners and valuable for more advanced students needing a refresher, this book offers: -Coverage from the pre-colonial era to the present, including new media formats -Coverage of the evolution of literary traditions, themes, and aesthetics -Historical background, visiting the origins of content and form -Astute overviews and comparisons of individual authors - Intelligent readings of individual texts, contextualized within American cultural history - A list of secondary readings, a glossary, and stable links to reliable open-access versions of essential texts This book allows students to gauge developments in American literary history and learn how to critically assess the shifts and transformations. Developing a fundamental understanding of American literature as a contribution to world literature, it implicitly discusses the most important questions within the discipline's current state of research, while keeping a beginner's background in mind. This book is the ideal companion to primary sources for courses in American Literature, American Studies, and others, or as a study aid for exams.
Taylor & Francis
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