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Legal Realisms: The American Novel under Reconstruction

Christine Holbo


U.S. historians have long considered the Civil War and its Reconstruction as a second American revolution. Literary scholars, however, have yet to show how fully these years revolutionized the American imagination. One marker of this was the postwar search for a “Great American Novel”—a novel fully adequate to the breadth and diversity of the United States in the era of the Fourteenth Amendment. The debate over what full representation would mean led to a thoroughgoing reconstruction of the meaning of “literature” for readers, writers, politics, and law. Legal Realisms examines the transformat ... More

Keywords: novel, realism, picturesque, Mugwump, Howells, Henry James, Mark Twain, Helen Hunt Jackson, Tourgée, law

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190604547
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190604547.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christine Holbo, author
Associate Professor, University of Arizona

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