This astute guide to the literary achievements of American novelists in the twentieth century places their work in its historical context and offers detailed analyses of landmark novels based on a clearly laid out set of tools for analyzing narrative form.
Introduction: Reading the American Novel, 1920–2010 1
1 Principles of Rhetorical Reading 23
2 The Age of Innocence (1920): Bildung and the Ethics of Desire 39
3 The Great Gatsby (1925): Character Narration, Temporal Order, and Tragedy 61
4 A Farewell to Arms (1929): Bildung, Tragedy, and the Rhetoric of Voice 85
5 The Sound and the Fury (1929): Portrait Narrative as Tragedy 105
6 Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937): Bildung and the Rhetoric and Politics of Voice 127... MORE