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Routledge Introductions to American Literature


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Routledge Introductions to American Literature provide critical introductions to the most important topics in American Literature, outlining the key literary, historical, cultural, and intellectual contexts. Providing students with an analysis of the most up-to-date trends and debates in the area, they also highlight exciting new directions within the field and open the way for further study. Volumes examine the ways in which both canonical and lesser known writers from diverse class and cultural backgrounds have shaped American literary traditions, addressing key contemporary and theoretical debates, and giving attention to a range of voices and experiences as a vital part of American life. These comprehensive volumes offer readable, cohesive narratives of the development of American Literature and provide ideal introductions for students.

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The Routledge Introduction to Native American Literature

The Routledge Introduction to Native American Literature

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Drew Lopenzina
February 01, 2020

This Introduction makes available for both student, instructor, and affcianado a refined set of tools for decolonizing our approaches prior to entering the unfamiliar landscape of Native American literatures. This book will introduce indigenous perspectives and traditions as articulated by...

The Routledge Introduction to American Postmodernism

The Routledge Introduction to American Postmodernism

1st Edition

Linda Wagner-Martin
October 24, 2018

The Routledge Introduction to American Postmodernism offers readers a fresh, insightful overview to all genres of postmodern writing. Drawing on a variety of works from not only mainstream authors but also those that are arguably unconventional, renowned scholar Linda Wagner-Martin gives the...

The Routledge Introduction to American War Literature

The Routledge Introduction to American War Literature

1st Edition

Jennifer Haytock
June 05, 2018

War and violence have arguably been some of the strongest influences on literature, but the relation is complex: more than just a subject for story-telling, war tends to reshape literature and culture. Modern war literature necessarily engages with national ideologies, and this volume looks at the...

The Routledge Introduction to American Women Writers

The Routledge Introduction to American Women Writers

1st Edition

Wendy Martin, Sharone Williams
April 21, 2016

The Routledge Introduction to American Women Writers considers the important literary, historical, cultural, and intellectual contexts of American women authors from the seventeenth century to the present and provides readers with an analysis of current literary trends and debates in women’s...

The Routledge Introduction to American Modernism

The Routledge Introduction to American Modernism

1st Edition

Linda Wagner-Martin
February 22, 2016

The modernist period was crucial for American literature as it gave writers the chance to be truly innovative and create their own distinct identity. Starting slightly earlier than many guides to modernism this lucid and comprehensive guide introduces the reader to the essential history of the...

The Routledge Introduction to African American Literature

The Routledge Introduction to African American Literature

1st Edition

D. Quentin Miller
February 15, 2016

The Routledge Introduction to African American Literature considers the key literary, political, historical and intellectual contexts of African American literature from its origins to the present, and also provides students with an analysis of the most up-to-date literary trends and debates in...

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