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The Resource The dream of the great American novel, Lawrence Buell

The dream of the great American novel, Lawrence Buell

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The dream of the great American novel
Title
The dream of the great American novel
Statement of responsibility
Lawrence Buell
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The idea of 'the great American novel' continues to thrive almost as vigorously as in its nineteenth-century heyday, defying 150 years of attempts to dismiss it as amateurish or obsolete. Lawrence Buell demonstrates that its history is a key to the dynamics of national literature and national identity itself. The dream of the G.A.N., as Henry James nicknamed it, crystallized soon after the Civil War. In in-depth readings of selected contenders from the 1850s onward, Buell delineates four 'scripts' for G.A.N. candidates. One, illustrated by The Scarlet Letter, is the adaptation of the novel's story-line by later writers, often in ways that are contrary to the original author's own design. Other aspirants, including The Great Gatsby and Invisible Man, engage the American Dream of remarkable transformation from humble origins. A third script, seen in Uncle Tom's Cabin and Beloved, is the family saga that grapples with racial and other social divisions. Finally, mega-novels from Moby-Dick to Gravity's Rainbow feature assemblages of characters who dramatize in microcosm the promise and pitfalls of democracy. The canvas of the great American novel is in constant motion, reflecting revolutions in fictional fashion, the changing face of authorship, and the inseparability of high culture from popular. As Buell reveals, the elusive G.A.N. showcases the myth of the United States as a nation perpetually under construction."--Jacket
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N$T
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Buell, Lawrence
Dewey number
813.009
Index
index present
LC call number
PS377
LC item number
.B84 2014eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • Literature and society
  • Literature and society
  • United States
  • HISTORY
  • American fiction
  • Literature
  • Literature and society
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • United States
  • Roman
  • USA
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • National characteristics
  • Amerikanska romaner
  • Amerikansk litteratur
  • Nationalkaraktär i litteraturen
  • Litteratur och samhälle
  • Litteratursociologi
  • Förenta staterna
Label
The dream of the great American novel, Lawrence Buell
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Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 467-537) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Birth, heyday, and seeming decline -- Reborn from the critical ashes -- The reluctant master text: the making and remakings of Hawthorne's The scarlet letter -- American dreamers in context -- "Success" stories from Franklin to the dawn of modernism -- Belated ascendancy: Fitzgerald to Faulkner, Dreiser to Wright and Bellow -- Up-from narrative in hyphenated America: Ellison, Roth, and beyond -- Shifting ratios, dangerous proximities -- Uncle Tom's cabin and its aftermaths -- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and its others -- Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!, Mitchell's Gone with the wind, and literary interracialism North and South -- Morrison's Beloved as culmination and augury -- Fatalisms of the multitude -- Melville's Moby-Dick: from oblivion to great American novel -- The great American novel of twentieth-century breakdown: Dos Passos's U.S.A.--or Steinbeck's Grapes of wrath? -- Late twentieth-century maximalism: Pynchon's Gravity's rainbow--and its rainbow
Control code
871257583
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 567 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674726321
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
ebc3301419
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22573/ctt65vdvp
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)871257583
Label
The dream of the great American novel, Lawrence Buell
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 467-537) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Birth, heyday, and seeming decline -- Reborn from the critical ashes -- The reluctant master text: the making and remakings of Hawthorne's The scarlet letter -- American dreamers in context -- "Success" stories from Franklin to the dawn of modernism -- Belated ascendancy: Fitzgerald to Faulkner, Dreiser to Wright and Bellow -- Up-from narrative in hyphenated America: Ellison, Roth, and beyond -- Shifting ratios, dangerous proximities -- Uncle Tom's cabin and its aftermaths -- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and its others -- Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!, Mitchell's Gone with the wind, and literary interracialism North and South -- Morrison's Beloved as culmination and augury -- Fatalisms of the multitude -- Melville's Moby-Dick: from oblivion to great American novel -- The great American novel of twentieth-century breakdown: Dos Passos's U.S.A.--or Steinbeck's Grapes of wrath? -- Late twentieth-century maximalism: Pynchon's Gravity's rainbow--and its rainbow
Control code
871257583
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 567 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674726321
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
ebc3301419
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt65vdvp
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)871257583

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