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By Peter Stoneley, Cindy Weinstein

An authoritative consultant to American literature, this significant other examines the experimental types, socio-cultural adjustments, literary activities, and significant authors of the early twentieth century. This spouse offers authoritative and wide-ranging information on early twentieth-century American fiction.

  • Considers typically studied authors akin to Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway, along key texts of the interval through 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 figuring out in their cultural and literary importance
  • Covers a vast diversity of subject matters, together with the 1st and moment global Wars, literary language transformations, writer star, the city panorama, modernism, the Jazz Age, the nice melancholy, regionalism, and African-American fiction
  • Gives scholars the contextual details invaluable for formulating their very own evaluations of vintage American fiction

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Carrie is neither, and her inability to achieve a kind of self-consciousness about this position is a crucial component of this performance as well. In the final sections of Sister Carrie, Dreiser introduces Robert Ames, an inventor from the Midwest who seeks to instill in Carrie a proper sense of the value of things, as well as an aspiration for more serious drama than that in which she has appeared. However, if the novel intends Ames to provide a final (male) correction to Carrie’s unfocused, constant (female) desire, then it is also deliberately ambiguous as to the possibility of success.

Yes, surely! ” John’s last thoughts are of Wagner’s lyrics from the “Song of the Bride” and then of pity for white John’s father. He turns in a gesture of surrender, with his eyes closed, toward the sea, and waits listening to the mingling of remembered music and the rumble of the mob. Such operatic gestures and references confer upon John’s death an aura of aesthetic tragedy, as if to say such endings are inevitable when white cultural ideology directly confronts African American experience in one 25 Michael A.

Early in the novel, Jurgis and his family tour one of the slaughterhouses and witness how the steers walk to their deaths under their own power. ” At this point in the narrative, however, the recentlyarrived immigrants fail to make the connections between the fate of the animals and their own voluntary migration to the meat-packing factories: Just as no part of the animal goes unused by the factory, all of the physical and mental energy of the laborers is extracted by their labor – and by their constant effort to secure for themselves the barest material existence.

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