Scenes of Nature, Signs of Men: Essays on 19th and 20th Century American Literature
Cambridge University Press, 1989 M08 25 - 288 pages
This book is about the relationship of the American writer to his land and language - to the 'scene' and the 'sign', to the natural landscape and the inscriptions imposed upon it by men. Among the questions considered in the first section of the book are how does American Romantic writing differ from European; what are the peculiar problems faced by the American artist, and what roles does he adopt to tackle them; what kind of writing results when authors as different as Henry Adams and Mark Twain lament the vanishing of an earlier America, or when Adams and Henry James review their complex relationship to their homeland, or when W. D. Howells and Stephen Crane seek to define their themes in a specifically American setting. The second section of the book examines similar concerns in a number of contemporary writers, notably Thomas Pynchon, John Barth, Donald Barthelme, John DeLillo, and William Gass.
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Scenes of nature signs of men
Notes for a comparison between American and European Romanticism
Problems and roles of the American artist as portrayed by the American novelist
James on Hawthorne
The lost America the despair of Henry Adams and Mark Twain
Henry James and Henry Adams
William Dean Howells and A Hazard of New Fortunes
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