17. What Is An American?

Regionalism and Race

  1. G. R. Thompson

Published Online: 14 OCT 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444344271.ch17

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

How to Cite

Thompson, G. R. (2011) What Is An American?, in Reading the American Novel 1865-1914, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444344271.ch17

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 OCT 2011
  2. Published Print: 16 SEP 2011

Book Series:

  1. Reading the Novel

Book Series Editors:

  1. Daniel R. Schwarz

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631234067

Online ISBN: 9781444344271

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Keywords:

  • American, regionalism and race;
  • becoming “American”: The Myth of the Frontier;
  • “The Significance of the Frontier in American History”;
  • freedom of the frontier, and American “frontier spirit”;
  • intellectual, social aspects of mythic drama of the frontier;
  • regionalism versus local color;
  • idea of the “local” and the “regional”;
  • Garland's Crumbling Idols, regionalism and veritism;
  • Garland, one kind of quintessential Midwestern writer;
  • Sarah Orne Jewett and New England

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Becoming “American”: The Myth of the Frontier

  • Regionalism versus Local Color

  • Hamlin Garland: Local Color, Regionalism, and Veritism

  • Other Midwesterners

  • Sarah Orne Jewett and New England

  • Toward Mark Twain: Southern Writers

  • Mark Twain: “De-Southernized” Southerner