Routledge – 2014 – 314 pages
This comprehensive history of American Literature traces its development from the earliest colonial writings of the late 1500s through to the present day. This lively, engaging and highly accessible guide:
This book is essential reading for anyone seeking to situate their reading of American Literature in the appropriate religious, cultural, and political contexts.
1 The English Colonies in America: 1607-1750, 2 The Colonies and the New Republic 1750-1837, 3 The Flowering of New England: 1837-1861, 4 Realism and Naturalism: 1865-1918, 5 Modern Prose 1918-1950, 6 Modern Poetry 1900-1950, 7 Realism and Realist Experimentalism: 1950-1980, 8 Ethnic literature before 1980, 9 Postmodernism, 10 Poetry after 1945, 11 The Theatre in America, 12 Multiculturalism after 1980, 13 Prose after Postmodernism
Hans Bertens is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Utrecht University and has published mostly on American literature, postmodernism, and literary theory.
Theo D’haen is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) and has published primarily on American literature, postmodernism, postcolonialism and world literature.