Culture, Genre, and Literary Vocation

Culture, Genre, and Literary Vocation

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In Culture, Genre, and Literary Vocation, Michael Davitt Bell charts the important and often overlooked connection between literary culture and authors' careers. Bell's influential essays on nineteenth-century American writersa€”originally written for such landmark projects as The Columbia Literary History of the United States and The Cambridge History of American Literaturea€”are gathered here with a major new essay on Richard Wright. Throughout, Bell revisits issues of genre with an eye toward the unexpected details of authors' lives, and invites us to reconsider the hidden functions that terms such as qromanticismq and qrealismq served for authors and their critics. Whether tracing the demands of the market or the expectations of readers, Bell examines the intimate relationship between literary production and culture; each essay closely links the milieu in which American writers worked with the trajectory of their storied careers.Selected Essays on American Literature Michael Davitt Bell. 6. African-American. Writing, . aquot;Protest, aquot;. and. the ... I feel that Native Son was one of the major literary events in the history of American literature.aquot; Nevertheless, he added, aquot;at thisanbsp;...

Title:Culture, Genre, and Literary Vocation
Author:Michael Davitt Bell
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2001


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