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Introduction

Kevin J. Hayes

in The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195187274
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195187274.013.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Introduction

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The Introduction to this book starts by discussing various attempts over time to define the body of writings that constitute American literature. It also explains the structure of this book, stating that the canon of early American literature has expanded rapidly in recent years. The book seeks to consolidate recent gains and impose order on the field of study as a whole. It aims to define American literature in terms of both language and geography. The Introduction describes the various parts of the book that follow. The work focuses on major authors and different literary genres.

Keywords: American literature; language; geography; literary genres; major authors

Article.  7132 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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