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Author Avery, Tamlyn, author

Title The regional development of the American bildungsroman, 1900-1960 / Tamlyn Avery
Published Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2023]

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Description 1 online resource (viii, 262 pages)
Series Modern American literature and the new twentieth century
Modern American literature and the new twentieth century.
Contents Frontmatter -- CONTENTS -- ACKNOWLEDGMENTS -- INTRODUCTION The U.S. Bildungsroman's Regional Complex -- Part I Midwestern Naturalism -- CHAPTER 1 Industrial Folklore and the Regional Ingénue in Dreiser and Sinclair -- CHAPTER 2 Developing the Countryside: Cather, Hughes, and the Poetics of Rurality -- CHAPTER 3 South Side's Overdevelopment: Farrell and Wright's Extreme Youths -- Part II The Northeast's Young Aesthetes -- CHAPTER 4 Emplacing Modernism: The Fitzgeralds and the Artist's Regional Complex -- CHAPTER 5 Thurman and Fauset's Portraits of Harlem's Regional Artist -- Part III Southern Underdevelopment -- CHAPTER 6 Imagining The Region of Underdevelopment -- CHAPTER 7 The Way of the World: Hurston's Folkloric Bildungsroman -- CHAPTER 8 Caught and Loose: McCullers, O'Connor, and the Gothic Bildungsroman -- Part IV Southwest Frontiers -- CHAPTER 9 Mathews at the Limits of the Bildungsroman's National Framework -- AFTERWORD Situating the Bildungsroman's Transnational Afterlives -- WORKS CITED -- INDEX
Summary The first book to examine the historical transformations of the American Bildungsroman through the lens of regionExamines the history of the American Bildungsroman's twentieth century transformations, outlining how the asymmetrical effects of capitalism's uneven development forced novelists to rethink the genre's soul-nation allegory through the lens of regionMaps examples from four notable regional variations on the novel of uneven development, including: the naturalist novel of overdevelopment in the Midwest; the development of the regional artist narrative in the Northeast; the novel of underdevelopment in the South; and the arrested development in the nation's borderlands in the SouthwestWhy did the Bildungsroman, defined as the novel of development, and its protagonist Youth, become the symbolic form of the U.S.'s cultural preoccupation with regional difference amidst the nation's rapid but uneven development c.1900-1960? As a genre that historically represented the young individual's development in national-historical time, the Bildungsroman became one crucial means of configuring the culturally, politically, and economically asymmetrical effects of national modernization and the U.S.'s political ascendence within the capitalist world-system. Responding to that predicament, the novel of uneven development rose to salience, led by its protagonist, the unfixed youth, whose development within the national-historical time of Americanization is unsettled by their preoccupation with regional difference: an immobilizing entanglement I call American literature's regional complex. This book maps four prominent variations across the Midwest, Northeast, South, and Southwest that responded to that uneven development, fragmenting, and ultimately denying the Bildungsroman's consolidation into a coherent nationalist form
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Subject Bildungsromans, American -- History and criticism
American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Regionalism in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General.
American fiction
Bildungsromans, American
Regionalism in literature
Literature: history & criticism.
Literary studies: c 1900 to c 2000.
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers.
Modern & contemporary fiction.
Literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781474489980
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