A Companion to American Literary Studies (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

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A Companion to American Literary Studies addresses the most provocative questions, subjects, and issues animating the field. Essays provide readers with the knowledge and conceptual tools for understanding American literary studies as it is practiced today, and chart new directions for the future of the subject.

  • Offers up-to-date accounts of major new critical approaches to American literary studies
  • Presents state-of-the-art essays on a full range of topics central to the field
  • Essays explore critical and institutional genealogies of the field, increasingly diverse conceptions of American literary study, and unprecedented material changes such as the digital revolution
  • A unique anthology in the field, and an essential resource for libraries, faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates

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A Companion to American Literary Studies addresses the mostprovocative questions, subjects, and issues animating thedisciplinary field of “American literature.” Itprovides state-of-the-art essays on a full range of topics centralto the field, examining the strengths and limitations of currentscholarly and pedagogical practices and pointing to futuredevelopments and possibilities. The essays explore critical andinstitutional genealogies of the field, increasingly diverseconceptions of American literary study, and the unprecedentedmaterial changes to the field occasioned by emerging digital, newmedia, and visual technologies. Collectively, the essays providereaders with the knowledge and conceptual tools for understandingAmerican literary studies as it is practiced today, and chart newdirections for the future of the field. With its emphasis onhistories, practices, and futures, this is an essential resourcefor anyone interested in American literary studies.

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Caroline F. Levander is Carlson Professor in the Humanities, Professor of English, and Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Digital Education at Rice University, USA. She is author of Hotel Life (with Matt Guterl, 2015), Where Is American Literature? (2013), Voices of the Nation: Women and Public Speech in Nineteenth-Century American Culture and Literature (1998) and Cradle of Liberty: Race, the Child and National Belonging from Thomas Jefferson to W.E.B. Du Bois (2006); she is co-editor of The American Child: A Culture Studies Reader (2003), Hemispheric American Studies (2008), and Teaching and Studying the Americas (2010).

Robert S. Levine is Distinguished University Professor of English at the University of Maryland, USA. He is the author of Conspiracy and Romance (1989), Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and the Politics of Representative Identity (1997), Dislocating Race and Nation (2008), and The Lives of Frederick Douglass (forthcoming); he is also the editor of a number of volumes, including Martin R. Delany: A Documentary Reader (2003), The Norton Anthology of American Literature, 1820-1865 (2007, 2012), and Hemispheric American Studies (with Caroline F. Levander, 2008).

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