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A Journey Through American Literature

Kevin J. Hayes


This book illuminates the authors, works, and events that have shaped US cultural heritage. It charts this history through a series of approachable thematic chapters—narrative voice and the short story, the dram of the everyday, the great American novel—that reveal the richness of US literature while providing a compelling set of footholds with which to engage it. Among the topics covered are the role of travel and the symbolism of geography, characters and the importance of voice and dialect, self-definition and the American dream, new beginnings, and the role of memory. This book not only di ... More

Keywords: cultural heritage, narrative voice, short story, drama of the everyday, great American novel, travel writing, geography, dialect, self-definition, memory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199862078
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199862078.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin J. Hayes, author
University of Central Oklahoma, Professor of English