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Title The Oxford handbook of American literary naturalism / edited by Keith Newlin

Publ Info Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2011]
 RIC  PS169.N38 O94 2011    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  PS169.N38 O94 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript xiii, 521 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Oxford handbooks series
Oxford handbooks
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Machine generated contents note: pt. I CONTEXTS -- 1.Romancing the Machine: American Naturalism in Transatlantic Context / Zena Meadowsong -- 2.The Response to Power in American Literary Naturalism: Visions and Revisions that Transformed a Narrative Mode / Richard Lehan -- 3.Nature in Naturalism / Bert Bender -- pt. II NATURALISM AND GENRE -- 4.Defining American Literary Naturalism / Eric Carl Link -- 5.Sand in Your Mouth: Naturalism and Other Genres / June Howard -- 6.The Documentary Strategies of Naturalism / Keith Newlin -- pt. III THE SCIENTIFIC AND PHILOSOPHIC BACKGROUND -- 7.Determinism, Free Will, and Moral Responsibility in American Literary Naturalism / Ian F. Roberts -- 8."First Principles of Morals": Evolutionary Morality and American Naturalism / Rick Armstrong -- 9.Naturalism and Religion / Steven Frye -- 10.Things Fall Apart: Degeneration and Atavism in American Literary Naturalism / Gina M. Rossetti -- 11.American Literary Naturalism and Psychology / Stephen C. Brennan -- 12.American Naturalism and Modern Evolutionary Psychology / Jeff P. Turpin -- pt. IV NATURALIST TENSIONS -- 13.Women Writers and Naturalism / Donna M. Campbell -- 14.American Literary Naturalism and Sexuality / Linda Kornasky -- 15.African American Writers and Naturalism / John Dudley -- 16.Race and Naturalism in the Short Fiction of Norris, Crane, and London / Jeanne Campbell Reesman -- 17.Naturalism and Commodity Culture / Mary E. Papke -- 18.Naturalism and Class / Jude Davies -- 19.The Grotesque City, the City of Excess, and the City of Exile / James R. Giles -- 20.Naturalism and Crime / Gary Scharnhorst -- pt. V NATURALISM AND THE MARKETPLACE -- 21.Naturalist Authors and the American Literary Marketplace / Charles Johanningsmeier -- 22.Consolation, Affirmation, and Convention: The Popular Reception of American Naturalist Texts / Carol S. Loranger -- 23.Editing Naturalism / Kevin J. Hayes -- 24.Refashioning American Literary Naturalism: Critical Trends at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century / Christophe Den Tandt -- pt. VI NATURALISM AND THE OTHER ARTS -- 25.Sad Endings and Negative Heroes: The Naturalist Tradition in American Drama / Robert M. Dowling -- 26.Naturalism and Poetry / Chris Beyers -- 27.Naturalism and the Visual Arts / Donald Pizer -- 28.American Literary Naturalism and Film Noir / Jeff Jaeckle
Note After its heyday in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, naturalism--a genre that typically depicts human beings as the product of biological and environmental forces over which they have little control--was supplanted by modernism, a genre in which writers experimented with innovations in form and content. In the last decade, the movement is again attracting spirited scholarly debate. The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism takes stock of the best new research in the field through collecting twenty-eight original essays drawing upon recent scholarship in literary and cultural studies. The contributors offer an authoritative and in-depth reassessment of writers from Stephen Crane, Frank Norris, Theodore Dreiser, and Jack London to Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, Ernest Hemingway, Richard Wright, John Steinbeck, Joyce Carol Oates, and Cormac McCarthy. --
One set of essays focuses on the genre itself, exploring the historical contexts that gave birth to it, the problem of definition, its interconnections with other genres, the scientific and philosophical ideas that motivate naturalist authors, and the continuing presence of naturalism in twenty-first century fiction. Others examine the tensions within the genre--the role of women and African-American writers, depictions of sexuality, the problem of race, and the critique of commodity culture and class. A final set of essays looks beyond the works to consider the role of the marketplace in the development of naturalism, the popular and critical response to individual writers, and the influence of naturalism in the other arts. --Book Jacket
LC subject American literature -- History and criticism -- Handbooks, manuals, etc
Naturalism in literature -- Handbooks, manuals, etc
Add Author Newlin, Keith
ISBN 9780195368932 (cloth : alk. paper)
0195368932 (cloth : alk. paper)