Introduction: Reading the American Novel, 1920–2010

  1. James Phelan
  1. James Phelan

Published Online: 1 APR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118512876.ch0

Reading the American Novel 1920-2010

Reading the American Novel 1920-2010

How to Cite

Phelan, J. (2013) Introduction: Reading the American Novel, 1920–2010, in Reading the American Novel 1920-2010, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118512876.ch0

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 APR 2013
  2. Published Print: 10 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631230670

Online ISBN: 9781118512876

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Keywords:

  • American novel;
  • United States

Summary

Through this introductory chapter of Reading the American Novel, 1920—2010 the author takes a few steps toward a more adequate fulfillment of the two implicit promises. The first one is to relate the complex history of the United States to its literary history over this 90-year period. The second is to draw on a vast database of primary works—and of relevant scholarship about them—in order to zero in on the story of the novel across the periods of modernism and postmodernism, a story that will track: the genre's changing subject matters; its dominant thematic, political, and ethical concerns; its evolving conventions, forms, structures, and techniques; its diverse cultural effects; and its shifting status within American culture.