- Hardcover: 1272 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 29, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521899079
- ISBN-13: 978-0521899079
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,509,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This state-of-the-art literary history of the American novel, from the late eighteenth century to the modern day, presents original essays by renowned scholars from all over the world. Together they form a chronological narrative offering updated views on classics while also introducing new views, new categories, and a new format.
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Because of these editorial choices and more, this volume has already received critical condemnation by no less an arbiter of American letters than The Wall Street Journal. According to Joseph Epstein, and the others who have joined the scrum, this volume has contributed to the death of American literature (a fate that will be news to my students). To these meager souls, only certain books should be studied, and they should only be studied in very restricted ways. The American Novel, though, is a huge, shambling, rough, but ultimately big-hearted beast that can accommodate both the small-mind and the expansive, the parochial and the universal. The editors and writers of The Cambridge History of the American Novel recognize this and celebrate it.
It should be noted that this book is published primarily for members of the academic community. Cambridge University Press is an academic publisher, they DO NOT publish trade books for general audiences. As is the case with any academic community, literary scholars are mostly speaking to each other and this may come across as somewhat insular, as well as stylistically formal or erudite, to the casual or lay reader. Historians, scholars, and committed enthusiasts, on the other hand, will find very much to like in this monumental work.
I really think Amazon should disallow reviews by people (see rwx) who have not read the book, and from the looks of it, never would have even if they had not been deterred by a reactionary, self-righteous and ill-informed WSJ review. Because of this precedent, I too must take issue with the elephant in the room. In his article, Joseph Epstein positions himself with the authority of someone who "has taught" at a university. While he may have worked as an instructor, his article makes clear that he is not, and never has been, a literary scholar. This may explain his remarkable conflation of issues concerning literary "history" with overtly aesthetic concerns. By doing so, Epstein creates a straw man argument, attacking a book for something it was never meant to be. It may be that Epstein simply wanted a new excuse to rant against leftists in academia (does it ever get old, WSJ?). But I suspect that the unrelenting semantic and conceptual slippage with which his writing is fraught is actually evidence of the dubious, inadequate education he clearly must have received as an English major during those lost "golden days" of English Literature instruction. We can all be thankful, then, that academic disciplines are not static but are instead dynamic institutions with the ability to adapt, grow, and change for the better.
I have seen academia from the inside and I KNOW that it's even worse than described in Epstein's review of this particular book's treasury of politically-correct bigotry.