Introduction

  1. Paul Lauter president
  1. Paul Lauter president

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

How to Cite

Lauter, P. (2010) Introduction, in A Companion to American Literature and Culture (ed P. Lauter), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch

Editor Information

  1. Trinity College (Hartford), UK

Author Information

  1. Trinity College (Hartford), UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631208921

Online ISBN: 9781444320626

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Keywords:

  • Blackwell's Companion to American Literature and Culture;
  • “companion” accompanying or sharing with us, in a familiar way;
  • boundaries designated by “literature” - poetry, drama, fiction, and “literary” essays;
  • most influential book of American literary history, F.O. Matthiessen's American Renaissance (1941);
  • Literary History of the United States (1948), by Robert Spiller et al;
  • definitions of “literature” - dimension of culture, less foreclosed and open to negotiation and change;
  • Native American literature, displaying connections, linkages between cultural expression and national or tribal survival;
  • changes reshaping “American literature” - in profound and positive ways;
  • function of a “Companion” - significant features of landscape, where literary texts are being engaged;
  • arguments pushing toward newly globalized paradigm for American literary study - impact on “American studies”