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53. Leading Novelists, Eminent Novels: Exploring the Early American Novel and Its Cultural Influences

Thursday, 9 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Armitage, Chicago Marriott

A special session

Presiding: Jordan Von Cannon, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge

Speakers: Jonathan Arac, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Caroline Field Levander, Rice Univ.; James L. Machor, Kansas State Univ.; Leland S. Person, Univ. of Cincinnati; David S. Reynolds, Graduate Center, City Univ. of New York

Session Description:

We will reconsider leading novelists in the light of new understandings of early American cultural and historical realities. Our participants explore connections between religious imagination and literary formation, alongside slavery debates and Stowe’s popularity. Others consider contributions by Melville and Sedgwick and the possibility of a multicultural national character in Cooper’s work.


Subject:

  • American Literature – Before 1900

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