Companion to American Literary Studies

Companion to American Literary Studies

Companion to American Literary Studies

Companion to American Literary Studies

Synopsis

A Companion to American Literary Studies addresses the most provocative questions, subjects, and issues animating the field. Essays provide readers with the knowledge and conceptual tools for understanding American literary studies as it is practiced today, and chart new directions for the future of the subject.
  • Offers up-to-date accounts of major new critical approaches to American literary studies
  • Presents state-of-the-art essays on a full range of topics central to the field
  • Essays explore critical and institutional genealogies of the field, increasingly diverse conceptions of American literary study, and unprecedented material changes such as the digital revolution
  • A unique anthology in the field, and an essential resource for libraries, faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates

Excerpt

Forms, spaces, practices–these are the key terms that this book adopts for conceptualizing the current state and future directions of American literary studies in the twenty-first century. No longer organized exclusively by author, time period, genre, or nation, American literary studies is developing new paradigms and models that revise many of our standing assumptions about literary practice, literary categories, literary production, and the field of inquiry itself. No longer viewing American literature as a canon to be curated or an archive to be recovered and preserved, Americanists increasingly regard their object of study as a dynamic, multimedia, hybrid textual corpus, deploying a wide array of interpretive strategies and methods that help us to reconceive what we thought we knew about the study of American literature. It is the very dynamism of the field at the present moment that the 33 essays comprising this volume collectively represent.

In this way, A Companion to American Literary Studies offers a key and timely point of departure from other recent American literary studies collections. A Companion to American Literature and Culture (Lauter), for example, offers genealogical essays on the history of the field, along with essays on the authors and subjects central to American literary study. Rather than mapping out the various fields and subfields of American literary studies (regionalism, ecocriticism, transcendentalism, and so on), our volume focuses on critical work that is helping to transform the field itself. Accordingly, we include in our Companion essays by newer and established scholars whose thinking addresses the most provocative questions, subjects, and issues animating American literary studies. The essays represent and respond to changes and reorientations in the field, engage the increasingly diverse conceptions of American literary study, and . . .

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