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- DescriptionTennessee Studies in Literature, Volume 40 American literary naturalism both seduces and repulses the reader, disrupting stable tions of individual and moral coherence. Usually associated with works such as Frank Norris's McTeague and Stephen Crane's The Open Boat, naturalism draws on nineteenth-century theories of hereditary and environmental determinism, emphasizing the role of chance in characters' struggles for survival in an increasingly industrial, capitalistic, urban jungle. The essays in this volume revise the can of naturalism, looking beyond the classic period of the 1890s to uncover naturalistic tendencies already at work in such mid-nineteenth-century authors as Rebecca Harding Davis and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps and to elucidate the naturalistic themes exploited more recently by postmodern authors such as Raymond Carver and Don DeLillo. While canical figures--Norris, Crane, Jack London, Theodore Dreiser, and Edith Wharton--are reprsented, the approaches to these authors' works are invative, appealing to concepts as diverse as Foucault's clinical gaze, the perversion of the gift ecomy, the rapacious competition implicit in the acquisition of cultural capital, the erasure of racial difference from the urban landscape, and the moral critique of individual freedom. Other essays deal with writers t primarily identified with naturalism, including Henry James, whose treatment of human agency is also central to early modernism, and Jane Addams, whose explicit moralism lays bare naturalism's often hidden reform agenda. A stimulating, unique collection, Twisted from the Ordinary tests the generic boundaries of American literary naturalism and shows its ongoing relevancein understanding a broad set of themes, ranging from Victorian sentimentalism and the overdetermination of violence in true-crime vels to the ethical implications of recent scientific research and the social forces shaping selfhood in the twenty-first century.
- Author BiographyContributors: Donna M. Campbell, Brannon W. Costello, William Dow, Robert M. Dowling, Tim Edwards, Lilian R. Furst, Philip Gerber, James R. Giles, Sara Britton Goodling, Laura Hapke, David K. Heckerl, Barbara Hochman, Hildegard Hoeller, Katherine Joslin, Kecia Driver McBride, Mary E. Papke, Donald Pizer, Daniel Schierenbeck, Nancy Von Rosk, Lana A. Whited, Adam H. Wood, and Mohamed Zayani.
- Author(s)Mary E. Papke
- PublisherUniversity of Tennessee Press
- Date of Publication15/06/2003
- Place of PublicationChicago
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Tennessee Press
- Weight712 g
- Width160 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine29 mm
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