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Flip Sides

New Critical Essays on American Literature

Klaus H. Schmidt

Flip Sides is a collection of critical essays by young scholars of American Studies. The contributors focus on writers, themes, and motifs which to date have been neglected in pertinent studies on American litearature. The collection covers a wide spectrum of critical methods, ranging from biographical analysis, gynocriticism and feminism to poststructuralism. The first essays examine texts by nineteeth-century writers, Balduin Möllhausen and Elizabeth Stoddard. The middle section is dedicated to twentieth-century African American literature, including essays on Toni Morrison, the concepts of liberation and love in black women's literature, and John Wideman. The last two essays, on Joan Didion and Rolando Hinojosa, continue the critical disussion of literary postmodernism started in the essay on Wideman.
Contents: Prefatory Note - Critical essays on Möllhausen's travel narratives, Stoddard's The Morgesons, Morrison's Beloved, the concepts of liberation and love in black women's literature, Wideman's Reuben, Didion's Play It As It Lays, and Hinojosa's Becky and Her Friends.