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Backgrounds to American Literature

  • Backgrounds to American Literature
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Format: eBook
  • Status: Available
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"...helps students understand literature in its historical and social context."

Library Media Connection

"Editor's Choice Award, 2011"

- Library Media Connection


Now in full color!

Now in full color and containing important new material, the updated Backgrounds to American Literature set places the entire span of American literature in its historical, cultural, and social context. From romanticism and transcendentalism to realism and regionalism, each illustrated, engaging volume explores a particular period's political, religious, cultural, economic, and social trends and discusses how they affected the literature of the time. Accessible and easy-to-use, this revised set is ideal for students seeking a deeper understanding of American literature.

Each title includes:

  • Full-color illustrations relating to the literature of the period
  • A glossary of relevant terms and a biographical glossary
  • Sidebars with extracts from notable works, biographical anecdotes, and more
  • A timeline of social, literary, and historical developments
  • Recommended works for further reading
  • An index, appendixes, and cross-references
  • And more.

Titles include:

  • Colonialism and the Revolutionary Period: Beginnings-1800, Second Edition
  • Romanticism and Transcendentalism: 1800-1860, Second Edition
  • American Realism and Regionalism: 1860-1910, Second Edition
  • American Modernism: 1910-1945, Second Edition
  • Contemporary American Literature: 1945-Present, Second Edition.