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Writing the Nation: A Concise Introduction to American Literature 1865 to Present

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Amy Berke, Middle Georgia State University

Robert Bleil, College of Coastal Georgia

Jordan Cofer, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Copyright Year: 2015

ISBN 13: 9781940771342

Publisher: University of North Georgia Press

Language: English

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Reviewed by Justin Felix, Associate Professor of English, Raritan Valley Community College on 3/12/20

Writing the Nation reasonably and efficiently covers key movements and authors frequently taught in American literature survey classes focused on content written exclusively after the Civil War. Many oft-anthologized stories featured here include... read more

Reviewed by Matthew Sutton, Postdoctoral Fellow, East Tennessee State University on 4/26/19

While many of us appreciate the thoroughness and convenience of the standard multi-volume, for-profit anthology (MFPA, for short) in literature courses, we also recognize the rising cost of textbooks and the need to find alternatives for many of... read more

Reviewed by Tabetha Nguyen, English Instructor, University of Arkansas Cossatot on 4/25/19

The textbook Writing the Nation, published 2015, covers most of the well-known writers that would be covered in an American Literature II class or American Literature anthology. It starts with two late Romantic writers and easily moves through to... read more

Reviewed by Jenna Hunnef, Visiting Assistant Professor, College of William & Mary on 12/23/18

As its subtitle suggests, Writing the Nation provides a “concise” comprehensive overview of the American literary canon from the Civil War to the beginning of the twenty-first century and covers such periods and major literary movements as... read more

Reviewed by Maia Butler, Assistant Professor of African American Literature, University of North Carolina Wilmington on 5/21/18

Writing the Nation: A Concise Introduction to American Literature 1865 to Present is a comprehensive literary anthology that spans the trajectory of the canon, includes commonly anthologized authors, and provides a solid touchstone of introductory... read more

Reviewed by Bret Maney, Assistant Professor, City University of New York on 5/21/18

Despite bearing “concise” in the title, Writing the Nation is actually a 775-page book (excluding externally hyperlinked files) intended to replace one of the costly standard print anthologies of U.S. literature frequently used in Am Lit survey... read more

Reviewed by Dana Kinnison, Teaching Professor, University of Missouri on 5/21/18

For a concise anthology, Writing the Nation is comprehensive. It covers the literary periods and major authors/works one would expect to find in an “Introduction to American Literature 1865-Present.” That certainly doesn’t mean it is equivalent to... read more

Reviewed by D. Gilson, Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University on 3/27/18

Writing the Nation: A Concise Introduction to American Literature 1865 to Present provides a very comprehensive guide to contemporary American literature after 1865. Particularly, the editors have taken great care to focus on diversity, both of... read more

Reviewed by Sandy Hudock, Professor, Colorado State University-Pueblo on 2/1/18

The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary. Writing the Nation is appropriately subtitled A Concise Introduction to American Literature 1865-Present. It is that. It provides... read more

Reviewed by Kelly Donahue, instructor, Century College on 4/11/17

The text has "concise" in its title, and it is concise. Each of the six chapters is arranged around a literary movement, and starts with learning outcomes and an introduction to the movement. Then all the expected authors are here with a piece or... read more

Reviewed by Vince Gotera, Professor, University of Northern Iowa on 2/15/17

Writing the Nation does an excellent job of presenting the ongoing development of American literature since the Civil War as a cogent narrative, moving through schools of writing such as Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, and so on. A fine example of... read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Late Romanticism (1855-1870)
  • Chapter 2: Realism (1865-1890)
  • Chapter 3: Naturalism (1890-1914)
  • Chapter 4: Turn of the Twentieth Century and the Growth of Modernism (1893 - 1914)
  • Chapter 5: Modernism (1914 - 1945)
  • Chapter 6: American Literature Since 1945 (1945 - Present)

About the Book

Writing the Nation: A Concise Guide to American Literature 1865 to Present is a text that surveys key literary movements and the American authors associated with the movement. Topics include late romanticism, realism, naturalism, modernism, and modern literature.

About the Contributors


Dr. Amy Berke is the Chair of Department of English at Middle Georgia State University.

Robert R. Bleil, PhD is an Assistant Professor of English at College of Coastal Georgia.

Jordan Cofer is an Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, in charge of learning resources, and an associate professor of English at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.