Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

American Literary Scholarship: An Annual 2013

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

American Literary Scholarship: An Annual 2013

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Gary Scharnhorst, Editor. American Literary Scholarship: An Annual 2013. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015. ISSN: 0065-9142. 540pp.

This journal has a unique format because it solely includes overviews of scholarly research in specific focal fields. Scholars typi- cally have to create a summary of previous research on the topic they are describing in anything from an essay to a dissertation to a book. Knowing that scholars are always searching for ways to brush up on all of the latest research without reading hundreds of these books themselves, many academic specialist journals pride themselves in providing bibliographic listings of the relevant recent releases in addition to offering innovative scholarship. This is a journal entirely dedicated to regurgitating the enormous volume of new scholarship in the broad field of American literary scholarship across its long history. Part I includes descriptions of recent research on American authors, including Hawthorne, Melville, Dickenson, Twain, James, and Faulkner. Part II offers summaries of research separated into centuries and genres such as literature, fiction, poetry, and drama. Each section is composed by a specialist in that particular field, though they are all done in a very similar, dry style that attempts to present detached summaries, though some critical theories are used that make arguments that some scholarly works might be of more interest to scholars than others.

In a typical section, such as the one on Ernest Hemingway, a section on "Books and Essay Collections" begins with, "Debra Moddelmog and Suzanne del Gizzo's edited collection Ernest Hemingway in Context (Cambridge) is another fine, invaluable critical anthology. …

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