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Continental Divides
Revisioning American Literature
 
 
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19 Jun 2003
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This book calls for a new iconography of region that unseats New England’s status as cultural center of the United States and originary metaphor for national identity. No single territorial or political axis can adequately describe the complex regional relationships that comprise the nation, Anne Goldman argues. Goldman's arguments question critical sectionalism as extensively as they do regional divisions, by blurring generic distinctions, by reading across literary periods, and by juxtaposing writers who explore the same set of social issues during the same historical moment, but who are conventionally located in separate literary traditions: sentimental literature, the African American novel, literary modernism, early Mexican fiction.


Description

This book calls for a new iconography of region that unseats New England’s status as cultural center of the United States and originary metaphor for national identity. No single territorial or political axis can adequately describe the complex regional relationships that comprise the nation, Anne Goldman argues. Goldman's arguments question critical sectionalism as extensively as they do regional divisions, by blurring generic distinctions, by reading across literary periods, and by juxtaposing writers who explore the same set of social issues during the same historical moment, but who are conventionally located in separate literary traditions: sentimental literature, the African American novel, literary modernism, early Mexican fiction.


Reviews

"...Goldman puts forth a compelling and complex argument...an invitation to [scholars] to examine relationships..." - Western American Literature


Contents

Introduction
Location, Location, Location: Complicating Transnational Readings of American Literary History
Beasts in the Jungle: Interregional Traffic in Parochial Boston
'I think our romance is spoiled': Mixed Marriage and Land Loss in California's Nineteenth-Century Historical Romances
'Who ever heard of a blue-eyed Mexican?' Satire and Sentimentality in María Amparo Ruiz de Burton's Who Would Have Thought It?
'Who would be a Western senator?' Californians in Washington, D.C.
All in the Family? Willa Cather's Imperial Housekeeping in the Southwest
Epilogue


Authors

Anne Goldman is Professor of English at Sonoma State University.