A Companion to American Fiction 1780-1865

A Companion to American Fiction 1780-1865

Editor(s): Shirley Samuels

Published Online: 3 DEC 2007

Print ISBN: 9780631234227

Online ISBN: 9780470999219

DOI: 10.1002/9780470999219

About this Book

This Companion presents the current state of criticism in the field of American fiction from the earliest declarations of nationhood to secession and civil war.


  • Draws heavily on historical and cultural contexts in its consideration of American fiction

  • Relates the fiction of the period to conflicts about territory and sovereignty and to issues of gender, race, ethnicity and identity
  • Covers different forms of fiction, including children's literature, sketches, polemical pieces, historical romances, Gothic novels and novels of exploration
  • Considers both canonical and lesser-known authors, including James Fennimore Cooper, Hannah Foster, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville and Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Treats neglected topics, such as the Western novel, science and the novel, and American fiction in languages other than English

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Historical and Cultural Contexts

  2. Part II: Forms of Fiction

    1. Chapter 23

      Dime Novels (pages 262–273)

      Colin T. Ramsey and Kathryn Zabelle Derounian-Stodola

  3. Part III: Authors, Locations, Purposes

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