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What America Read: Taste, Class, and the Novel, 1920-1960

Hutner, Gordon

Editore: The University of North Carolina Press, 2009
ISBN 10: 0807832278 / ISBN 13: 9780807832271
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Titolo: What America Read: Taste, Class, and the ...

Casa editrice: The University of North Carolina Press

Data di pubblicazione: 2009

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Riassunto: Despite the vigorous study of modern American fiction, today's readers are only familiar with a partial shelf of a vast library. Gordon Hutner describes the distorted, canonized history of the twentieth-century American novel as a record of modern classics insufficiently appreciated in their day but recuperated by scholars in order to shape the grand tradition of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Faulkner. In presenting literary history this way, Hutner argues, scholars have forgotten a rich treasury of realist novels that recount the story of America's confrontation with modernity.

Hutner explains that realist novels were frequently lauded when they first appeared. They are almost completely unread now, he contends, largely because they record the middle-class encounter with modern life. This middle-class realism, Hutner shows, reveals a surprising engagement with the social issues that most fully challenged readers in the United States, including race relations, politics, immigration, and sexuality. Reading these novels now offers an extraordinary opportunity to witness debates about what kind of nation America would become and what place its newly dominant middle class would have—and, Hutner suggests, should also lead us to wonder how our own contemporary novels will be remembered.

Descrizione del libro: "In restoring to view the middle-class novels that chronicled Americans' multifaceted responses to modernity, Hutner is a master chronicler himself. His reclamation project--astutely directed at both criticism and fiction--enables us to recover a more accurate and a more democratic literary history than we have previously possessed."--Joan Shelley Rubin, University of Rochester, author of Songs of Ourselves: American Readers and the Uses of Verse

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