2. Inventing Americas

The Making of American Literature 1800–1865

  1. Richard Gray

Published Online: 21 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444397604.ch2

A Brief History of American Literature

A Brief History of American Literature

How to Cite

Gray, R. (2011) Inventing Americas, in A Brief History of American Literature, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444397604.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 7 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405192316

Online ISBN: 9781444397604

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Keywords:

  • inventing Americas - The Making of American Literature 1800–1865;
  • United States, expanding from its eastern seaboard base - of sixteen states, assuming continental dimensions;
  • author of The Wide, Wide World (1850), first American novel - selling more than a million copies, succeeding much;
  • making of American myths – and myths of an emerging nation;
  • Natty Bumppo, gravitating towards - condition of an American Adam;
  • making of Southern myth - writers like Cooper and Sedgwick, common interests and ideas, derived from basic currency of Western myth, a belief in mobility;
  • legends of the Old Southwest - the myth of the West and the myth of the South, heroes and writers associated with humor and legends of the Old Southwest;
  • oral culture of the Hispanic Southwest;
  • Thoreau, and pattern of alternating entry and withdrawal - in relation to society;
  • making of many Americas - and Native American writing

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Making a Nation

  • The Making of American Myths

  • The Making of American Selves

  • The Making of Many Americas

  • The Making of an American Fiction and Poetry