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By Peter Stoneley, Cindy Weinstein

ISBN-10: 1405133678

ISBN-13: 9781405133678

An authoritative advisor to American literature, this significant other examines the experimental varieties, socio-cultural alterations, literary pursuits, and significant authors of the early twentieth century. This better half offers authoritative and wide-ranging tips on early twentieth-century American fiction.

  • Considers usually studied authors similar to Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway, along key texts of the interval by means of Richard Wright, Charles Chesnutt, Zora Neale Hurston, and Anzia Yezierska
  • Examines how the works of those various writers were interpreted of their personal day and the way present readings have multiplied our realizing in their cultural and literary value
  • Covers a vast diversity of themes, together with the 1st and moment international Wars, literary language variations, writer megastar, the city panorama, modernism, the Jazz Age, the nice melancholy, regionalism, and African-American fiction
  • Gives scholars the contextual details helpful for formulating their very own evaluations of vintage American fiction

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The novel opens with the birth of the Carterets’ first and only child, the sickly son who is to be the sole heir to the 21 Michael A. Elliott and Jennifer A. Hughes Carteret fortune and name. The Carterets, like many of the white characters in Wellington, North Carolina (Chesnutt changes the name of the town, though the parallel to Wilmington remains clear), believe that “Negro domination” and the burgeoning of a black community will undermine the future of both their son and the nation at large.

Hopkins’ writing was published serially in The Colored American, which aimed specifically at an African American audience, and reached a circulation of 15,000 subscriptions during the height of its popularity. Dunbar’s popularity, advanced tremendously among white readers by a positive review from William Dean Howells, rested problematically upon his African American dialect poetry; his later novels did not enjoy many reprintings. 22 Turning the Century Chesnutt, similarly, would sell more books using the dialect framing of Uncle Julius than he would with a serious historical romance like The Marrow of Tradition.

B. DuBois through to Richard Wright. Jarrett moves from Sutton Griggs’s Imperium in Imperio (1899) and Frances E. W. Harper’s Iola Leroy: Or, Shadows Uplifted (1899) through Charles Chesnutt’s The Marrow of Tradition (1901), arguing that while uplift is sometimes used to assert equal status with whites, it is also used at times to assert a higher status in relation to other, supposedly inferior blacks. Writers of the Harlem Renaissance, such as Nella Larsen, were wary of Washington’s influence, as he seemed to undermine black progress with his appeal to the supremacist sensibilities of white supporters.

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