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Timelines of American Literature

It is all but inevitable for literary history to be divided into periods. "Early American," "antebellum," "modern," "post-1945"—such designations organize our knowledge of the past and shape the ways we discuss that past today. These periods tend to align with the watershed moments in American history, even as the field has shifted its perspective away from the nation-state. It is high time we rethink these defining periods of American literary history, as the drawing of literary timelines is a necessary—even illuminating—practice.

In these short, spirited, and imaginative essays, 23 leading Americanists gamely fashion new, unorthodox literary periods—from 600 B.C.E. to the present, from the Age of Van Buren to the Age of Microeconomics. They bring to light literary and cultural histories that have been obscured by traditional timelines and raise provocative questions. What is our definition of "modernism" if we imagine it stretching from 1865 to 1965 instead of 1890 to 1945? How does the captivity narrative change when we consider it as a contemporary, not just a "colonial," genre? What does the course of American literature look like set against the backdrop of federal denials of Native sovereignty or housing policies that exacerbated segregation?

Filled with challenges to scholars, inspirations for teachers (anchored by an appendix of syllabi), and entry points for students, Timelines of American Literature gathers some of the most exciting new work in the field to showcase the revelatory potential of fresh thinking about how we organize the literary past.

About the Authors

Cody Marrs is an associate professor of English at the University of Georgia. He is the author of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and the Long Civil War and the editor of The New Melville Studies. Christopher Hager is the Charles A. Dana Research Associate Professor of English at Trinity College. He is the author of Word by Word: Emancipation and the Act of Writing and I Remain Yours: Common Lives in Civil War Letters.

Endorsements

"Timely, smart, and fun, this book will provoke some very interesting classroom conversations—and may well reshape the way lots of us teach American literature. A game-changing collection that offers a provocation to scholarship and to teaching, this lucid, lively book is a joy to read."

- Dana D. Nelson, Vanderbilt University, author of Commons Democracy: Reading the Politics of Participation in the Early United States

"Through a series of thought experiments and formal proposals, the contributors in Timelines of American Literature explore the 'revisionist potential' of a periodizing drive that is too often undertaken conservatively. A fresh essay collection with an exciting range of chapters and topics."

- Hester Blum, Pennsylvania State University, author of The View from the Masthead: Maritime Imagination and Antebellum American Sea Narratives

"Marrs and Hager have assembled a series of thought-provoking essays that expand our ways of thinking about American literature by questioning, lengthening, reversing, and even defending the timelines that have traditionally defined it."

- Cindy Weinstein, California Institute of Technology, editor of A Question of Time: American Literature from Colonial Encounter to Contemporary Fiction

"Timelines of American Literature shakes up disciplinary assumptions that have undergirded literary historiography for over a century. These fresh and provocative essays offer bracing alternatives to long-standard field chronologies, methodologies, and ideologies."

- Elizabeth Renker, The Ohio State University, author of Realist Poetics in American Culture, 1866–1900

"Marrs and Hager have assembled a rollicking and provocative collection of essays in this superlative volume. Ranging from a single year to several millennia, the ages, eras, and histories mapped by these essays imagine multiple expansive, inclusive, madcap, and shifting futures for American literature."

- Elizabeth Duquette, Gettysburg College, author of Loyal Subjects: Bonds of Nation, Race, and Allegiance in Nineteenth-Century America

"In this bracing collection of essays, editors Cody Marrs and Christopher Hager and their contributors open up questions at the core of American literary studies. What are its durations, locations, and boundaries? How do we lend coherence to our endeavors? The answers offered are many, sometimes conflicting, always vital."

- Samuel Otter, University of California, Berkeley, author of Philadelphia Stories: America's Literature of Race and Freedom
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