American History Through Literature 1870-1920, Volume 2 by Tom Quirk

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Davis, Cynthia J. Bodily and Narrative Forms: The Influence of Medicine on American Literature, 1845–1915. : Stanford University Press, 2000. Kahane, Claire. Passions of the Voice: Hysteria, Narrative, and the Figure of the Speaking Woman, 1850–1915. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995. Kevles, Daniel J. In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity. New York: Knopf, 1984. Kraut, Alan. ” New York: Basic Books, 1994. Lears, T. J. Jackson. No Place of Grace: Antimodernism and the Transformation of American Culture, 1880–1920.

Selected Letters. 6 vols. Edited by George Arms et al. Boston: Twayne, 1979–1983. Secondary Works Alexander, William. William Dean Howells: The Realist as Humanist. New York: Burt Franklin, 1981. Anesko, Michael. Letters, Fictions, Lives: Henry James and William Dean Howells. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. Borus, Daniel H. Howells, James, and Norris in the Mass Market. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989. Cady, Edwin H. The Realist at War: The Mature Years, 1885–1920, of William Dean Howells.

This view of realism stresses its use as a tool, its moral superiority to romance illusions, and its potential for creating documentary knowledge and political insight. It is also rooted in the individualistic assumption that the author’s and reader’s individual perceptions are the logical basis for essentially individual political action. By contrast theoretical shifts in literary studies away from authorial intention as the primary focus and toward textual and historical contexts have made Hazard important for a later generation of critics interested in systematic ideologies and epistemologies rather than in individual perceptions and beliefs.

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