A Companion to American Fiction, 1780 – 1865

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<p>This <i>Companion</i> presents the current state of criticism in the field of American fiction from the earliest declarations of nationhood to secession and civil war.</p> <ul> <li>Draws heavily on historical and cultural contexts in its consideration of American fiction</li> <li>Relates the fiction of the period to conflicts about territory and sovereignty and to issues of gender, race, ethnicity and identity</li> <li>Covers different forms of fiction, including children’s literature, sketches, polemical pieces, historical romances, Gothic novels and novels of exploration</li> <li>Considers both canonical and lesser-known authors, including James Fennimore Cooper, Hannah Foster, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville and Harriet Beecher Stowe</li> <li>Treats neglected topics, such as the Western novel, science and the novel, and American fiction in languages other than English</li> </ul>

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