A History of American Literature

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Wiley, Feb 23, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 912 pages
This major new history of American literature from pre-Columbian times to the present is written in an informed but accessible style by one of the leading authorities in the field.

  • A major new one-volume history of American literature from pre-Columbian times to the present.
  • Extremely broad-ranging, taking in Native American, Anglo American, African American, Asian American and Hispanic American literature.
  • Covers oral literature, folktales, spirituals, the blues, the western, the detective story, the thriller and science fiction, as well as canonical literature.
  • Relates the history of American literature to American social and cultural history.
  • Takes account of changes in critical and theoretical debates about literature in the last 30 years.
  • Written by a leading international authority on American literature.

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In this scholarly but accessible history of American literature, subject specialist Gray (Univ. of Essex) covers the entire range of periods and genres, beginning with Native American oral traditions ... Read full review

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Richard Gray is Professor of American Literature at the University of Essex. Generally regarded as the leading European scholar in American literature, he is the first specialist in American literature to be elected a Fellow of the British Academy. His recent publications include Writing the South: Ideas of an American Region (1997), The Life of William Faulkner: A Critical Biography (Blackwell Publishing, 1994) and Southern Aberrations: Writers of the American South and the Problems of Regionalism (2000). With Owen Robinson, he has also edited A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American South (Blackwell Publishing, 2004).

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