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The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism

Edited by Keith Newlin

Volume 1, issue Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780195368932
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195368932.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism

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The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism takes stock of the best research in this field through twenty-eight articles drawing upon scholarship in literary and cultural studies. The articles offer an in-depth reassessment of writers from Stephen Crane, Frank Norris, Theodore Dreiser, and Jack London to Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, Ernest Hemingway, Richard Wright, John Steinbeck, Joyce Carol Oates, and Cormac McCarthy. One set of articles focus on the genre itself, exploring the historical contexts that gave birth to it, the problem of definition, its interconnections with other genres, the scientific and philosophical ideas that motivate naturalist authors, and the continuing presence of naturalism in twenty-first century fiction. Other articles examine the tensions within the genre—the role of women and African-American writers, depictions of sexuality, the problem of race, and the critique of commodity culture and class. A final set of articles looks beyond the works to consider the role of the marketplace in the development of naturalism, the popular and critical response to the works, and the influence of naturalism in the other arts. The articles go beyond discussing the familiar figures of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century naturalism to show the continuing presence of naturalism in more recent writing. In addition, to Dreiser, Crane, and Howells, the volume also considers the work of Dashiell Hammett, and Don DeLillo.

Keywords: Stephen Crane; Frank Norris; Theodore Dreiser; Jack London; Kate Chopin; Edith Wharton; Ernest Hemingway; Richard Wright; John Steinbeck; Joyce Carol Oates; naturalism; sexuality; race; commodity culture; class

Book.  536 pages. 

Subjects: Literature

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Romancing the Machine in The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism

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The Response to Power in American Literary Naturalism in The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism

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Nature in Naturalism in The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism

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Defining American Literary Naturalism in The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism

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Sand in Your Mouth in The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism

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The Documentary Strategies of Naturalism in The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism

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“First Principles of Morals” in The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism

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Naturalism and Religion in The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism

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