Chapter 2. The City Novel

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. James R. Giles Professor Emeritus

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch2

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Giles, J. R. (2009) The City Novel, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch2

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. Northern Illinois University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • twentieth-century American urban novel;
  • The city - as seductive space of exotic adventure and fresh opportunity;
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald's modernist classic, The Great Gatsby (1925);
  • female protagonist of Yezierska's Bread Givers;
  • James Weldon Johnson's The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (1912);
  • The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man;
  • Sister Carrie, Frank Norris's The Pit (1903), and Upton Sinclair's The Jungle (1906);
  • Farrell's trilogy - study of failure of American “melting pot” ideal;
  • Saul Bellow and Chicago - The Adventures of Augie March (1953);
  • Bernard Malamud - urban novel in The Assistant (1957)

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading