Using an outmoded term in an entirely new way, Preromanticism seeks the common ground of British literature from 1740 to 1798 not in foreshadowings of Romanticism but in incomplete discoveries and in impediments to expression that Romanticism was to lift. Featuring readings of masterpieces in all genres that draw widely on recent innovations in literary theory, it highlights the variety of experimentation in a transitional epoch.
In this collection, Marshall Brown has gathered essays by twenty leading literary critics to appraise the current state of literary history. In provocative, sometimes combative essays, they discuss the writing of literary history, the nature of our interest in tradition, and the ways that literary works act in history. The Uses of Literary History addresses the uses of evidence, anachronism, the dialectic of texts and contexts, particularism and the resistance to reductive understanding, the construction of identities, memory, and the endurance of the past. New Historicism, nationalism, and gender studies appear in relation to more traditional issues, such as textual editing, taste, and literary pedagogy. From a range of disciplinary perspectives, old and new, The Uses of Literary History surveys the theoretical and practical issues that confront scholars at work on the literary past and its relation to the present.
Set in Brooklyn during the Depression and World War II, this 1953 coming-of-age novel centers on the daughter of Barbadian immigrants. "Passionate, compelling." — Saturday Review. "Remarkable for its courage." — The New Yorker.
Did American racism originate in the liberal North? An inquiry into the system of institutionalized racism created by Northern Jim Crow Jim Crow was not a regional sickness, it was a national cancer. Even at the high point of twentieth century liberalism in the North, Jim Crow racism hid in plain sight. Perpetuated by colorblind arguments about “cultures of poverty,” policies focused more on black criminality than black equality. Procedures that diverted resources in education, housing, and jobs away from poor black people turned ghettos and prisons into social pandemics. Americans in the North made this history. They tried to unmake it, too. Liberalism, rather than lighting the way to v...