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Passing and the Rise of the African American Novel
This site provides links to the full text of M. Giulia Fabi’s critical monograph (published in 2005) on 19th century African American fiction.
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis, Bibliography,
Author: M. Giulia Fabi
From: University of Illinois Press
Keywords: African American race criticism 18th century
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American Literary Centers
“One of the facts which we Americans have a difficulty in making clear to a rather inattentive world outside is that, while we have apparently a literature of our own, we have no literary centre.”
Contains: Historical Context
Author: William Dean Howells
From: Literature and Life
The American Novel
“This historical treatment of the development of the ÒGreat American NovelÓ expands upon Van DorenÕs chapters on fiction in the Cambridge History of American Literature.”
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Van Doren, Carl
From: Macmillan 1921
American Spirit in Literature: A Chronicle of Great Interpreters
“Certain expressions of American sentiment or conviction have served to summarize or to clarify the spirit of the nation. The authors of these productions have frequently won the recognition and affection of their contemporaries by means of prose and verse quite unsuited to sustain the test of severe critical standards. Neither Longfellow’s ‘Excelsior’ nor Poe’s ‘Bells’ nor Whittier’s ‘Maud Muller’ is among the best poems of the three writers in question, yet there was something in each of these productions which caught the fancy of a whole American generation. It expressed one phase of the national mind in a given historical period.”
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Bliss Perry
From: New Haven, Yale University Press 1918
Appearing and Disappearing in Public: Social Space in Late-Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture
“The space of performance invited the writer or artist to imagine, at once, a high cultural form of celebrity and a personal hold on his audience.”
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Philip Fisher
From: Reconstructing American Literary History Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1986. p.155
Distrust of the Reader in Afro-American Narratives
“I will argue here… that Afro-American literature has developed as much because of the culture’s distrust of literacy as because of its abiding faith in it.”
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Robert B. Stepto
From: Reconstructing American Literary History Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1986. p.300
The Drama, 1860Ð1918
This lengthy analysis of American drama of the late 19th/early 20th century includes sections on “The Civil War on the Stage”, “General Unconcern with Native Drama; Edwin Forrest; Charlotte Cushman; Edwin Booth; Lawrence Barrett”, “The Theatres of the Eighties in New York”, “Lurid Melodrama “, “William Vaughn Moody “, “Pageants “, and “Secessionist Groups.”
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis, Bibliography
Author: Montrose J. Moses
From: The Cambridge History of English and American Literature Volume XVI: American, Early National Literature: Part II, Later National Literature: Part II
Later Poets
This lengthy analysis of American poets of the late 1800’s includes sections on “Poets of East and West, “New England; Emily Dickinson”, “Edmund Clarence Stedman”, “Joaquin Miller”, “William Vaughn Moody” and “Contemporary Poetry.”
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis, Bibliography
Author: Norman Foerster
From: The Cambridge History of English and American Literature Volume XVI: American, Early National Literature: Part II, Later National Literature: Part II
Literary Friends and Acquaintances: A Personal Retrospect of American Authorship
“Literary Friends and Acquaintance is a collection of essays on American literature and authors by William Dean Howells. Most of these essays were originally published as magazine pieces, starting in 1894, and were first collected in book form in 1900. The second edition, which came out in 1910, added essays on Bret Harte (‘A Belated Guest’) and Mark Twain.”
Contains: Historical Context
Author: William Dean Howells
From: 1900; 1910
“Of Plymouth Rock and Jamestown and Ellis Island”; or, Ethnic Literature and Some Redefinitions of “America”
“In Crèvecoeur’s famous answer to the question “What is an American?” in the third of his Letters from an American Farmer (1782) he singled out “that strange mixture of blood, which you will find in no other country” (Crèvecoeur 1957, 39). For Crèvecoeur {right}, the term “American” referred to the ethnic diversity of at least the white colonists in the New World. Initially applied to the Indians, then taken on by the British settlers, by 1900 the term “American” had undoubtedly become problematic.”
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Werner Sollors
Romantic Cyborgs: Technology, Authorship, and the Politics of Reproduction in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
Author: Klaus Benesch
From: Node9 Volume 1, 1997

Authors in American: 1865-1900 literature:

Louisa May Alcott (1832 – 1888)Horatio Alger (1832 – 1899)
L. Frank Baum (1856 – 1919)Ambrose Bierce (1842 – 1914)
William Cullen Bryant (1794 – 1878)Abraham Cahan (1860 – 1951)
Charles W. Chesnutt (1858 – 1932)Kate Chopin (1851 – 1904)
Stephen Crane (1871 – 1900)F. Marion Crawford (1854 – 1909)
Rebecca Harding Davis (1831 – 1910)Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886)
Thomas Dixon (1864 – 1946)Theodore Dreiser (1871 – 1945)
Mary Wilkins Freeman (1852 – 1930)Hamlin Garland (1860 – 1940)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860 – 1935)Bret Harte (1836 – 1902)
Frances E. W. Harper (1825 – 1911)O. Henry (1862 – 1910)
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 – 1894)William Dean Howells (1837 – 1920)
Harriet Jacobs (1813 – 1897)Helen Hunt Jackson (1830 – 1885)
Henry James, Jr. (1843 – 1916)William James (1842 – 1910)
Sarah Orne Jewett (1849 – 1909)Sidney Lanier (1842 – 1881)
Vachel Lindsay (1879 – 1931)Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882)
James Russell Lowell (1819 – 1891)Herman Melville (1819 – 1891)
S. Weir Mitchell (1829 – 1914)Frank Norris (1870 – 1902)
Howard Pyle (1853 – 1911)Josiah Royce (1855 – 1916)
Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton (1832 – 1895)Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811 – 1896)
Elizabeth Stoddard (1823 – 1902)Ruth McEnery Stuart (1856 – 1914)
Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)Frances Fuller Victor (1826 – 1902)
Susan Warner (1819 – 1885)George Watterston (1783 – 1854)
Edith Wharton (1862 – 1937)Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)

Last Updated Mar 25, 2014