By Charles Crow
The Blackwell significant other to American nearby Literature is the main accomplished source but released for learn of this well known box.
- The so much inclusive survey but released of yank local literature.
- Represents a large choice of theoretical and historic approaches.
- Surveys the literature of particular areas from California to New England and from Alaska to Hawaii.
- Discusses authors and teams who've been very important in defining local American literature.
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The culture that witnessed the solidification of regional writing as writing with more than regional scope and value also witnessed some of the most concentrated demographic shifts in the nation’s history. Historians like John Higham (1963) report that the expansion of cities became a serious problem when the steady arrival of new immigrants began to tax the resources and governmental infrastructure of urban centers. Divisions between capital and labor, the growth of sedimented classes and class practices, the increasing professionalization of knowledge, the development of opportunities for women’s advancement, the growth of urban popular cultures, the continued problem of the color line and the failures of Reconstruction, imperialist ventures into the southern hemisphere, and the gradual assimilation and incorporation of all territory and persons west of the Rockies made the idea of a national culture highly contested.
So you listen more carefully: you’re an owl. You don’t have to put on earmuffs to keep from damaging your hearing. It’s nice and quiet, so you listen . ” (1993: 68). Literary critics (like myself ) who wish to show that region and “place” are important – even crucially formative – elements of a writer’s sensibility sometimes skip over remarks like Stafford’s disavowal of “quaintness” and look for places where writers say their writing has been influenced by landscape and local communities. But if we are not careful, we may do at least two kinds of disservice to Stafford, Robinson, and 22 Michael Kowalewski other authors.
A Companion to the Regional Literatures of America by Charles Crow