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Title Twisted from the ordinary : essays on American literary naturalism / edited by Mary E. Papke.

Published Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, 2003.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  813.50912 TWIS    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description xiv, 416 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Tennessee studies in literature ; v. 40.
Tennessee studies in literature ; v. 40.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Silent Partnership: Naturalism and Sentimentalism in the Novels of Rebecca Harding Davis and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps / Sara Britton Goodling 1 -- Performative Passages: Davis's Life in the Iron Mills, Crane's Maggie, and Norris's McTeague / William Dow 23 -- Stephen Crane and the Transformation of the Bowery / Robert M. Dowling 45 -- Is There a Doctor in the House? Norris's Naturalist Gaze of Clinical Observation in McTeague / Daniel Schierenbeck 63 -- McTeague: Naturalism, Legal Stealing, and the Anti-Gift / Hildegard Hoeller 86 -- "The Signs and Symbols of the West": Frank Norris, The Octopus, and the Naturalization of Market Capitalism / Adam H. Wood 107 -- No Green Card Needed: Dreiserian Naturalism and Proletarian Female Whiteness / Laura Hapke 128 -- Coon Shows, Ragtime, and the Blues: Race, Urban Culture, and the Naturalist Vision in Paul Laurence Dunbar's The Sport of the Gods / Nancy Von Rosk 144 -- "Working" towards a Sense of Agency: Determinism in The Wings of the Dove / Brannon W. Costello 169 -- Assaulting the Yeehats: Violence and Space in The Call of the Wild / James R. Giles 188 -- "Violent Movements of Business": The Moral Nihilist as Economic Man in Jack London's The Sea-Wolf / David K. Heckerl 202 -- Highbrow/Lowbrow: Naturalist Writers and the "Reading Habit" / Barbara Hochman 217 -- "Bitter Taste" of Naturalism: Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth and David Graham Phillips's Susan Lenox / Donna M. Campbell 237 -- "Hunting for the Real": Responses to Art in Edith Wharton's Custom of the Country / Lilian R. Furst 260 -- Turning Zola Inside Out: Jane Addams and Literary Naturalism / Katherine Joslin 276 -- Oppressive Bodies: Victorianism, Feminism, and Naturalism in Evelyn Scott's The Narrow House / Tim Edwards 289 -- Fear, Consumption, and Desire: Naturalism and Ann Petry's The Street / Kecia Driver McBride 304 -- Naturalism's Middle Ages: The Evolution of the American True-Crime Novel, 1930-1960 / Lana A. Whited 323 -- From Determinism to Indeterminacy: Chaos Theory, Systems Theory, and the Discourse of Naturalism / Mohamed Zayani 344 -- Whither Naturalism? / Philip Gerber 367 -- Is American Literary Naturalism Dead? A Further Inquiry / Donald Pizer 390.
Summary American Literary Naturalism Both Seduces and Repulses the Reader, Disrupting Stable notions of individual and moral coherence. Usually associated with works such as Frank Norris's McTeague and Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat," naturalism draws on nineteenth-century theories of hereditary and environmental determinism, emphasizing the role of chance in characters' struggles for survival in an increasingly industrial, capitalistic, urban jungle. The essays in this volume revise the canon of naturalism, looking beyond the classic period of the 1890s to uncover naturalistic tendencies already at work in such mid-nineteenth-century authors as Rebecca Harding Davis and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps and to elucidate the naturalistic themes exploited more recently by postmodern authors such as Raymond Carver and Don DeLillo. While canonical figures -- Norris, Crane, Jack London, Theodore Dreiser, and Edith Wharton -- are represented, the approaches to these authors' works are innovative, appealing to concepts as diverse as Foucault's clinical gaze, the perversion of the gift economy, the rapacious competition implicit in the acquisition of cultural capital, the erasure of racial difference from the urban landscape, and the moral critique of individual freedom. Other essays deal with writers not primarily identified with naturalism, including Henry James, whose treatment of human agency is also central to early modernism, and Jane Addams, whose explicit moralism lays bare naturalism's often hidden reform agenda. A stimulating, unique collection, Twisted from the Ordinary tests the generic boundaries of American literary naturalism and shows its ongoing relevance in understanding a broad set of themes, ranging from Victorian sentimentalism and the overdetermination of violence in true-crime novels to the ethical implications of recent scientific research and the social forces shaping selfhood in the twenty-first century.
Subject American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Naturalism in literature.
ISBN 1572332239 (hardcover : alk. paper)