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Literature in the Making – A History of U.S. Literary Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Literature in the Making: A History of U.S. Literary Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century

Nancy Glazener


Literature in the contemporary sense, comprising drama, fiction, poetry, and certain kinds of nonfiction prose, cohered during the nineteenth century and became the defining object of departments of modern languages and literatures in U.S. research universities. However, nonacademic literary culture in the nineteenth century hosted important forms of literary study and scholarship that have been missed by scholarship focusing on literature as an academic subject. Before the reorganization of knowledge around academic expertise in the late nineteenth century, academics and nonacademics interest ... More

Keywords: U.S. literature, Shakespeare, literary culture, disciplinary history, experts, amateurs, aesthetic theory, print history, organization of knowledge, reading groups

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199390137
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199390137.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy Glazener, author
Associate Professor of English, University of Pittsburgh