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A Brief History of American Literature offers students and general readers a concise and up-to-date history of the full range of American writing from its origins until the present day. Represents the only up-to-date concise history of American literature Covers fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction, as well as looking at other forms of literature including folktales, spirituals, the detective story, the thriller and science fiction Considers how our understanding of American literature has changed over the past twenty years Offers students an abridged version of History of American Literature, a book widely considered the standard survey text Provides an invaluable introduction to the subject for students of American literature, American studies and all those interested in the literature and culture of the United States Content: Chapter 1 The First Americans (pages 1–45): Chapter 2 Inventing Americas (pages 47–114): Chapter 3 Reconstructing the Past, Reimagining the Future (pages 115–158): Chapter 4 Making It New (pages 159–248): Chapter 5 Negotiating the American Century (pages 249–372):
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