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The Emergence of American Literary Narrative, 1820-1860

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$24.50 • £19.95 • €22.00

ISBN 9780674018693

Publication Date: 09/30/2005


288 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches


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Arac’s achievement is that he has covered the prose of the period authoritatively but from a highly original angle—not an easy combination. That’s why his book reads freshly and compellingly rather than like the usual history of the topic. And that’s why his pages are so valuable.—W. T. Lhamon Jr., author of Jump Jim Crow: Lost Plays, Lyrics, and Street Prose of the First Atlantic Popular Culture

At once methodologically rigorous and artfully constructed, The Emergence of American Literary Narrative, 1820-1860 promises to change the ways in which nineteenth century narratives are classified and interpreted. The Emergence of American Literary Narrative, 1820-1860 anticipates the importance of the category of the "national narrative" to the reconceptualization of the field of American literary studies, and it promises to become a required scholarly text for graduate students and undergraduates alike.—Donald E. Pease Jr., author of Futures of American Studies

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