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Ntemporary not just a colonial genre What does the course of American literature look like set against the backdrop of federal denials of Native sovereignty or housing policies that exacerbated segregationFilled with challenges to scholars inspirations for teachers anchored by an appendix of syllabi and entry points for students Timelines of American Literature gathers some of the most exciting new work in the field to showcase the revelatory potential of fresh thinking about how we organize the literary pas.
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RacticeIn these short spirited and imaginative essays 23 leading Americanists gamely fashion new unorthodox literary periods from 600 BCE to the present from the Age of Van Buren to the Age of Microeconomics They bring to light literary and cultural histories that have been obscured by traditional timelines and raise provocative uestions What is our definition of modernism if we imagine it stretching from 1865 to 1965 instead of 1890 to 1945 How does the captivity narrative change when we consider it as a co.
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It is all but inevitable for literary history to be divided into periods Early American antebellum modern post 1945 such designations organize our knowledge of the past and shape the ways we discuss that past today These periods tend to align with the watershed moments in American history even as the field has shifted its perspective away from the nation state It is high time we rethink these defining periods of American literary history as the drawing of literary timelines is a necessary even illuminating p.