“[The essays] are all clear accounts of the critical and textual state of play relating to their chosen authors. Each essay is accompanied by an extensive, enumerative,
alphabetically arranged listing of works cited. The useful reference work concludes with an extensive index.”
—William Baker, Year’s Work in English Studies
“Recommended for university libraries, this indexed volume is a valuable resource for both academic and
—Barbara Kelly, The Emily Dickinson International Society Bulletin
The second entry in an ongoing series, Prospects for the Study of American Literature (II) brings together concentrated overviews of past scholarship with ideas for new and rewarding avenues of research on a diverse group of American literary figures.
This unique combination of backwards glances and forward thinking makes Kopley and Cantalupo’s collection valuable to an unusually wide audience. Undergraduate literature students can find accessible and clearly written introductions to criticism as well as ideas for focused research papers. Graduate students beginning to home in on their areas of specialization will be able to place their interests in the context of the existing literature. And established scholars looking to branch out from their specific area can gain a quick foothold in unfamiliar territory.
Some of these essays have been commissioned especially for this volume, while others originally appeared in the “Prospects” section of Resources for American Literary Study. All of them are by leading scholars, and all have them have been updated, when necessary, to reflect the most recent trends in their fields.
As James L. Harner wrote of the first edition of Prospects in the MLA’s Literary Research Guide (5th ed., 2008), “these essays offer invaluable guides for graduate students searching for dissertation topics and for junior faculty members ready to move beyond a dissertation; as a whole Prospects for the Study of American Literature serves as an admirable model for such collections on American and British writers.”
1. James Fenimore Cooper by Lance Schachterle
2. Nathaniel Hawthorne by Leland S. Person
3. Margaret Fuller by Larry J. Reynolds
4. Emily Dickinson by Mary Loeffelholz
5. Louisa May Alcott by Daniel Shealy
6. William Dean Howells by Sarah B. Daugherty
7. Frank Norris by Eric Carl Link
8. Jack London by Jeanne Campbell Reesman
9. Theodore Dreiser by Paul A. Orlov
10. F. Scott Fitzgerald by James L. W. West III
11. Eugene O’Neill by Madeline C. Smith and Richard Eaton
12. Marianne Moore by Robin G. Schulze
13. James Baldwin by Maurice Wallace
14. Ralph Ellison by Gayle Pemberton
15. Eudora Welty by Pearl Amelia McHaney
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Prospects for the study of American literature (II) / edited by Richard Kopley and Barbara Cantalupo.
p. cm. — (AMS studies in modern literature, ISSN 0270-2983 ; no. 28)
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN-13: 978-0-404-61598-7 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN-10: 0-404-61598-8 (cloth : alk. paper)
1. English literature—History and criticism.
2. Literature—History and criticism—Theory, etc.
3. American literature—Outlines, syllabi, etc.
4. American literature--Study and teaching.
I. Kopley, Richard.
II. Cantalupo, Barbara.