Chapter 5. Class and Sex in American Fiction: From Casual Laborers to Accidental Desires

  1. John T. Matthews Professor
  1. Michael Trask

Published Online: 5 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310726.ch5

A Companion to the Modern American Novel 1900-1950

A Companion to the Modern American Novel 1900-1950

How to Cite

Trask, M. (2009) Class and Sex in American Fiction: From Casual Laborers to Accidental Desires, in A Companion to the Modern American Novel 1900-1950 (ed J. T. Matthews), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310726.ch5

Editor Information

  1. Boston University, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of English, University of Kentucky, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 MAY 2009
  2. Published Print: 3 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631206873

Online ISBN: 9781444310726

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Keywords:

  • class and sex in American fiction - from casual laborers to accidental desires;
  • American realism - moral and aesthetic program as an assault on romantic illusions;
  • extramarital dalliance - unprecedented rise in income and status;
  • pluralism - tempered by strong conviction of divide between normal and aberrant;
  • Anderson's book - withholding judgment on sexual predilections of its characters;
  • modern American novelists - process of redefinition/preservation of inherited assumptions

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading