By Claudia Stokes

Within the aftermath of America's centennial celebrations of 1876, readers constructed an urge for food for chronicles of the nation's previous. Born amid this nationwide trend, the sector of yankee literary heritage was once touted because the balm for varied "ills--from burgeoning immigration to American anti-intellectualism to challenging college administrators--and loved significant attractiveness among 1880 and 1910.

In the 1st significant research of the field's early many years, Claudia Stokes bargains very important insights into the practices, ideals, and values that formed the rising self-discipline and feature persisted to form it for the final century. She considers specific personalities--including Thomas Wentworth Higginson, William Dean Howells, Brander Matthews, and Mark Twain--and episodes that had a formative influence on American literary heritage as a self-discipline. Reexamining the field's deep attachment to the literature of antebellum New England, the periodization of the 19th century, and the omission of local narratives, Stokes finds the various forces, either inside and out the academy, that propelled the increase of yank literary historical past and persist as affects at the paintings of present practitioners of the field.

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