Encyclopedia of American Literature

Encyclopedia of American Literature

by Jay Parini (Editor)


The four volumes of this handsome reference provide high school and undergraduate students and general readers with information aboout American authors, trends in American literature, significant individual works, literary theory, and themes and issues that have influenced American writing. Author entries include a summary of life and career, a description of major works, and discussion of the reception, influence, and importance of his or her ouevre, as well as a photograph and a list of published works. All entries include an annotated short bibliography. Thematic entries address topics such as academic novels; autobiography (a general essay, slave narratives, and white women during the Civil War); colonial writing; confessional poetry; essay writing; fugitives and southern agrarianism; little magazines; nature writing (poetry and prose); new formalism; new journalism; and Vietnam in poetry and prose. Volumes 1 and 4 contain a list of entries by theme; v.4 also contains an exhaustive index. Parini is at Middlebury College. Most of the contributors teach at universities in the US; some teach in the UK and some are independent scholars. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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ISBN-13: 9780195167276
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/28/2003

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