The Resource Truth's ragged edge : the rise of the American novel, Philip F. Gura

Truth's ragged edge : the rise of the American novel, Philip F. Gura

Label
Truth's ragged edge : the rise of the American novel
Title
Truth's ragged edge
Title remainder
the rise of the American novel
Statement of responsibility
Philip F. Gura
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "An authoritative new history of the early American novel from a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Philip F. Gura's Truth's Ragged Edge is perhaps the first comprehensive study of the early American novel since Richard Chase's 1957 classic, The American Novel and Its Tradition. Gura opens with the first truly homegrown genre of fiction: religious tracts, short parables intended to instruct the Christian reader. He then turns to the city novels of the 1830s, which depicted with mixed feelings the rapid growth and modernization of American society. He concludes with fresh interpretations of the introspective novels that appeared before the Civil War, such as those by Hawthorne and by Melville, from whom Gura takes his title. The grand narrative sweep of the book is balanced by Gura's great insight that the early novel never fully left its origins behind, even as it evolved--it remained a means of theological and philosophical dispute, and reflected the oldest and deepest divisions in American Christianity, politics, and culture. In addition to discussing novels that are considered classics, Gura recovers many novels--by authors as diverse as the evangelical writer Susan Warner, the African American novelist Frank J. Webb, and the early feminist novelist Elizabeth Stoddard--that will be revelations to the contemporary reader. Panoramic and original, Truth's Ragged Edge is an indispensable guide to the origins and development of the American novel and will become a standard book on its subject"--
  • "A history of the early American novel, focusing on its origins in and relationship with American religion"--
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1950-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gura, Philip F.
Dewey number
813/.309382
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.R47
LC item number
.G87 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American fiction
  • Religion in literature
  • Religion and literature
  • HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
Target audience
adult
Label
Truth's ragged edge : the rise of the American novel, Philip F. Gura
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 285-312) and index
Contents
1789-1850. Beginnings ; Glimmerings of change ; Preparing the ground -- The 1850s. The conventions of sentiment ; On the color line ; Discovering self-consciousness -- Toward the 1870s. A neglected tradition ; From a theology of the feelings to an ethic of love
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xix, 330 p.
Isbn
9780809094455
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2012029936
System control number
  • (OCoLC)795175012
  • 1020325
  • (OCoLC)ocn795175012
  • 1020325
Label
Truth's ragged edge : the rise of the American novel, Philip F. Gura
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 285-312) and index
Contents
1789-1850. Beginnings ; Glimmerings of change ; Preparing the ground -- The 1850s. The conventions of sentiment ; On the color line ; Discovering self-consciousness -- Toward the 1870s. A neglected tradition ; From a theology of the feelings to an ethic of love
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xix, 330 p.
Isbn
9780809094455
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2012029936
System control number
  • (OCoLC)795175012
  • 1020325
  • (OCoLC)ocn795175012
  • 1020325

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