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AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERARY THEORY: A READER
edited by Winston Napier
New York University Press (2000)
An anthology of African American arguments in literary theory, from 1920s to the present.

THE AMERICAN NOVEL AND ITS TRADITION
by Richard Chase
The Johns Hopkins University Press; New Ed edition (1980)
In this classic study, Chase, a former professor at Columbia University, argues that the American novel has "worked out its destiny and defined itself by incorporating an element of romance."

CLASSICS OF AMERICAN LITERATURE (audio cassette)
by Arnold Weinstein The Teaching Company (1997) This 84-part lecture series by Arnold Weinstein, a professor of literature at Brown University, simulates a college survey course, taking the listener on a guided journey through the American literary canon.

THE COLUMBIA GUIDE TO ASIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE SINCE 1945
by Guiyou Huang
Columbia University Press (2006)
A comprehensive history of Asian American literature from the end of World War II to the present and an A-Z reference to Asian American authors and their critical reception.

A HISTORY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE
by Richard J. Gray
Blackwell Publishing Limited (2004)
A comprehensive and accessible history of the American novel, from pre-Columbian times to the early twenty-first century.

IMAGINING AMERICA: STORIES FROM THE PROMISED LAND
edited by Wesley Brown and Amy Ling
Persea Books (Revised edition, 2003)
An anthology of 37 short stories from 1900 to the present from across America's wide multicultural spectrum.

LOVE AND DEATH IN THE AMERICAN NOVEL
by Leslie Fielder
Dalkey Archive Press; New Ed edition (1998)
First published in 1960, Fielder's seminal study of the obsessions that pervade classic American literature -- namely, sex and death -- remains a classic work of literary criticism.

THE MODERN AMERICAN NOVEL
by Malcom Bradbury
Oxford University Press (2nd Revised Edition 1992)
This critical survey of the evolution of the American novel from the 1890s to the early 1990s traces the historical development various literary movements, from naturalism and impressionism to realism and postmodernism.

MULTICULTURAL AMERICAN LITERATURE: COMPARATIVE BLACK, NATIVE, LATINO/A AND ASIAN AMERICAN FICTIONS
by A. Robert Lee
University Press of Mississippi (2003)
A comparative study of fictional and autobiographical works from multicultural writers.

THE NORTON ANTHOLOY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE
edited by Nina Baym
W.W. Norton and Company (6th Edition, 2002)
A five-volume survey of the work of 242 American authors, organized chronologically. Includes long excerpts as well as many short stories and novels in their entirety.

NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH: AN ANTHROPOLOGY OF NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE
edited by John L. Purdy and James Ruppert
Prentice Hall (2000) A collection of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as critical interpretations.

PLAYING IN THE DARK: WHITENESS AND THE LITERARY IMAGINATION
by Toni Morrison
Harvard University Press (1992)
Morrison, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her own fiction, analyzes the African American presence in literature written by white American authors.

THE PRENTICE HALL ANTHOLOGY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
edited by Rochelle Smith and Sharon Jones
Prentice Hall (1999)
A diverse collection that includes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, speeches, songs, paintings and photography, as well as an audio CD containing recordings of music, speeches and poetry.

THE SIGNIFYING MONKEY: A THEORY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERARY CRITICISM
by Henry Louis Gates
Oxford University Press, USA; Reprint edition (1989)
A groundbreaking study of the relationship between the African and African-American vernacular traditions and black literature from a leading cultural theorist and Harvard professor.

STUDIES IN CLASSIC AMERICAN LITERATURE
by D.H. Lawrence
Penguin Classics; Reissue edition (1990)
Comments on and analyses of many classic American novels -- including works by Benjamin Franklin, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and James Fennimore Cooper -- from one of the great British masters of the form.

THE TEACHERS AND WRITERS GUIDE TO CLASSIC AMERICN LITERATURE
edited by Christopher Edgar and Gary Lenhart
Teachers & Writers Collaborative (2001)
An anthology of essays that describe approaches to using the American canon to study writing. Intended for writers and writing teachers of all levels, the guide includes suggestions for introducing third graders to Gertrude Stein, as well as for using Henry David Thoreau's journals as a model in the college classroom.

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WEB SITES

A Brief Chronology of African American Literature
From San Antonio State University, a timeline of important publications from African American writers. Many entries link to bibliographies and further web resources for the author.

CSPAN's American Writers
The web companion to CSPAN's "American Writers" television series includes author biographies, video streams of each episode in the series, lesson plans for teachers, links to additional author sites, and more.

The Literary Gothic
A Web site devoted to American Gothic literature. Contains links to e-text of hundreds of works that are in the public domain, reviews and criticism, and guide to research in the genre.

The Norton Anthology of American Literature
The online companion to Norton Anthology, organized by volume. Features historical explication and suggestions for thematic exploration, as well as author-specific links to further web resources.

childrens books Storytellers: Native American Authors Online
Contains resources related to Native American authors, organized by name and by tribe; excerpts and reviews of books; a calendar of related readings and events, a "virtual ipod" feature in which authors read from their work, and more.

U.S. State Department: Outline of American Literature
An extensive history of American literature from the U.S. State Department.

VG/Voices from the Gaps: Women Artists and Writers of Color
Founded in 1996 as a collaborative project of the American Studies Department and English Department at the University of Minnesota, this project works to preserve and extend knowledge of art by women of color. Web site contains extended artist bios and bibliographies with links to criticism and outside sources, transcripts of author interviews, and multimedia sources relevant to the authors' work.

Wired For Books: Author Interviews by Don Swaim
For more than ten years, Don Swaim produced a nationally syndicated daily broadcast -- Book Beat -- for the CBS Radio Stations News Service. Here, the full interviews that Swain conducted with hundreds of contemporary authors are available for streaming.

PBS WEB SITES

American Masters
AMERICAN MASTERS is an ongoing series of award-winning primetime specials examining the lives, works, and creative processes of our most outstanding cultural artists.

Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening
The Web companion to the 1999 PBS special on Kate Chopin.

Literature and Life: The Givens Collection
The Givens Collection of African American literature is a rich collection of literature, biography, art, notes, manuscripts, and inscriptions.

Mark Twain
The Web companion to the Ken Burns PBS documentary on Mark Twain.

The American Novel