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A concise companion to American fiction, 1900-1950 by Peter Stoneley, Cindy Weinstein

By Peter Stoneley, Cindy Weinstein

An authoritative advisor to American literature, this spouse examines the experimental kinds, socio-cultural alterations, literary pursuits, and significant authors of the early twentieth century. This significant other offers authoritative and wide-ranging assistance on early twentieth-century American fiction.

  • Considers regularly studied authors similar to Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway, along key texts of the interval via Richard Wright, Charles Chesnutt, Zora Neale Hurston, and Anzia Yezierska
  • Examines how the works of those varied writers were interpreted of their personal day and the way present readings have improved our figuring out in their cultural and literary importance
  • Covers a large variety of themes, together with the 1st and moment global Wars, literary language changes, writer big name, the city panorama, modernism, the Jazz Age, the good melancholy, regionalism, and African-American fiction
  • Gives scholars the contextual details useful for formulating their very own evaluations of vintage American fiction

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Wald’s rubric might embrace a wide range of otherwise un-like writers, from Steinbeck to Dos Passos. Wald focuses on James T. Farrell, Tillie Olsen, and Richard Wright. Farrell’s Studs Lonigan trilogy explores lower- and lower-middle-class life through 12 Introduction the Irish American Studs. Although Farrell’s social and Marxist commitments are clear, he was somewhat at odds with a narrow Communist aesthetic, in that he did not idealize the working class. He can also be distinguished from the naturalists, in that, in true Marxist fashion, his characters are able, on occasion, to liberate themselves from the forces that otherwise determine their existence.

This kind of engagement with forms of mass culture slowly developed in the literary fiction of the turn-of-the-century as literary authors grappled with a world in which their own art appeared to be diminishing in its social significance. No work of fiction more fully treats this question than Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie (1900), the novel of Carrie Meeber’s immersion into the commercial society of the urban metropolis, her extramarital relationships with two men, and subsequent success as an actress.

He points out that, aside from the First World War itself, the experience of mobilization for war was a vast upheaval that had profound effects on American society and culture. Effectively, the fact of mobilization gave the military the power to grant or to withhold masculine status; even within the military machine, though, there were new hierarchies and new means of formulating hierarchies. Instead of granting authority to educated men from established backgrounds, the army introduced new intelligence and psychological testing.

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