Introduction: Shifts, Zigzags, Impacts

Russ Castronovo

in The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199730438
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Introduction: Shifts, Zigzags, Impacts

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This introductory article explains the coverage of this book, which is about nineteenth-century American literature. It explores how readers identify and tackle interpretative problems of nineteenth-century American literature and suggests a range of unfamiliar yet practical coordinates for revising, questioning, and unsettling what we think we know and mean when we take novels, poems, and other discursive and visual artifacts as somehow emblematic or belonging to the body of nineteenth-century American literature. The article analyzes the works of several nineteenth-century American authors including Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Washington Irving.

Keywords: American literature; novels; poems; visual artifacts; Mark Twain; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Washington Irving

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Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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