By Caroline F. Levander, Robert S. Levine
A spouse to American Literary reports addresses the main provocative questions, matters, and matters animating the sector. Essays supply readers with the information and conceptual instruments for realizing American literary stories because it is practiced this present day, and chart new instructions for the way forward for the subject.Offers up to date bills of significant new serious techniques to American literary experiences provides state of the art essays on a whole diversity of themes primary to the fieldEssays discover serious and institutional genealogies of the sector, more and more various conceptions of yank literary research, and exceptional fabric alterations resembling the electronic revolution a special anthology within the box, and a vital source for libraries, school, graduate scholars, and complex undergraduates
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This insight, discovered by Freneau when he stood at the beginnings of a tradition that would later be called American literature, has found echo in the work of contemporary poets. As Rosemarie Waldrop states, “I love the way verse refuses to fill up all the available space of the page so that each line acknowledges what is not” (260). While an entire history of experimentation and the avant-garde lies between Freneau and Waldrop, there exists a sort of convergence around the idea of poetry as an oppositional counterforce.
By way of a broad social critique, these reflections on poetry and theater stress the importance of popular culture in crafting hegemony. In its capacity both to justify a political order and to forestall criticism or dissent, popular culture regularly acts as a stabilizing mechanism, giving the people bread and circuses in the shape of verse and drama, deflecting their legitimate political concerns into pleasing but empty forms. Freneau, it might be said, scorns dramatic entertainment and popular verse as features of an eighteenth-century “culture industry” that offers popular deception in the place of the people’s enlightenment.
B. ” American Speech 4 (October 1928): 1–18. Jameson, Fredric. Marxism and Form: TwentiethCentury Dialectical Theories of Literature. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1974. Leary, Lewis. That Rascal Freneau: A Study in Literary Failure. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1941. Moretti, Franco. ” New Left Review 52 (July–August 2008): 111–24. Moretti, Franco. Signs Taken for Wonders: Essays in the Sociology of Literary Forms. Trans. Susan Fischer, David Forgacs, and David Miller.
A Companion to American Literary Studies (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture) by Caroline F. Levander, Robert S. Levine