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The Resource Conscience and purpose : fiction and social consciousness in Howells, Jewett, Chesnutt, and Cather, Paul R. Petrie

Conscience and purpose : fiction and social consciousness in Howells, Jewett, Chesnutt, and Cather, Paul R. Petrie

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Conscience and purpose : fiction and social consciousness in Howells, Jewett, Chesnutt, and Cather
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Conscience and purpose
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fiction and social consciousness in Howells, Jewett, Chesnutt, and Cather
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Paul R. Petrie
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eng
Summary
"In a series of influential essays that appeared in Harper's, W.D. Howells argued for literature as a vehicle for social change. Literature could and should, Howells suggested, mediate across divisions of class and region, fostering cross-cultural sympathies that would lead to comprehensive social and ethical reform." "Paul R. Petrie explores the legacy of Howells's beliefs as they manifest themselves in his fiction and in the works of three major American writers - Charles W. Chesnutt, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Willa Cather. Each author struggled to adapt Howells's social-ethical agenda for literature to his or her own aesthetic goals and to alternative conceptions of literary purpose. Jewett not only embraced Howell's sense of social mission but also extended it by documenting commonplace cultural realities in a language and vision that was spiritual and transcendent. Chesnutt sought to improve relations between Anglo readers and African Americans, but his work, such as The Conjure Woman, also questions literature's ability to repair those divides." "Finally, Petrie shows how Cather, as she shifted from journalism to fiction writing, freed herself from Howells's influence. Alexander's Bridge (1912) and O Pioneers! (1913) both make reference to social and material realities but only as groundwork for character portrayals that are mythic and heroic. The result of Petrie's exploration is a refreshing reassessment of Howell's legacy and its impact on American literature and social history at the turn of the century."--Jacket
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1964-
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Petrie, Paul R.
Dewey number
813.009/353
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.E86
LC item number
P48 2005
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Studies in American literary realism and naturalism
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  • Chesnutt, Charles W.
  • Howells, William Dean
  • Jewett, Sarah Orne
  • Cather, Willa
  • American fiction
  • Ethics in literature
  • Literature and society
  • Social ethics in literature
  • Conscience in literature
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Conscience and purpose : fiction and social consciousness in Howells, Jewett, Chesnutt, and Cather, Paul R. Petrie
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-231) and index
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text
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  • txt
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Contents
W.D. Howells's literary antitheory : toward a social-ethical aesthetic in the Editor's study -- What is to be done? : Howells's social-ethical fiction -- "Unwritable things" : Sarah Orne Jewett's dual aesthetic in Deephaven and The country of the pointed firs -- Charles W. Chesnutt and the limits of literary mediation -- Willa Cather and the anti-realist uses of social reference -- Implications
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ocm58788870
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xvii, 234 pages
Isbn
9780817314842
Lccn
2005008009
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)58788870
Label
Conscience and purpose : fiction and social consciousness in Howells, Jewett, Chesnutt, and Cather, Paul R. Petrie
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-231) and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
W.D. Howells's literary antitheory : toward a social-ethical aesthetic in the Editor's study -- What is to be done? : Howells's social-ethical fiction -- "Unwritable things" : Sarah Orne Jewett's dual aesthetic in Deephaven and The country of the pointed firs -- Charles W. Chesnutt and the limits of literary mediation -- Willa Cather and the anti-realist uses of social reference -- Implications
Control code
ocm58788870
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xvii, 234 pages
Isbn
9780817314842
Lccn
2005008009
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)58788870

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