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CONTENTS Acknowledgments 11 Introduction 12 The Early American Novel 23 1 The Romance 64 What is Romance? 64 Historical Romance 77 Philosophical Romance 149 Sensational Romance 206 2 The Sentimental Novel 224 What is the Sentimental Novel? 224 Theme and Variations: a Young Woman's story 244 Sentiment and Reform 271 The Sentimental Novel and the Argument against Reform 293 Sentiment, Upward Mobility, and the African American Novel 302 Moving toward Realism 319 3 The Realist Novel 330 What is American Literary Realism? 330 Realist Technique and Subject Matter. 349 Tensions, Divergences, and Extremes within Realism 377 The Taste for Excess -- Sensationalism Redux 429 Works cited 469
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
American fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Literary form -- History -- 19th century.
Literature and history -- United States.
Popular literature -- United States -- History and criticism.
National characteristics, American, in literature.