William Dean Howells and the American Memory Crisis

by Lance Rubin

Table of Contents

Introduction: Remembering and Forgetting (in) William Dean Howells


Chapter 1: Realism and the Politics of Counter-Memory


Chapter 2: The Memory Crisis, Advertising, and the Ambivalence of Amnesia in “A Sleep and a Forgetting”


Chapter 3: “To Make up an America Among Ourselves”: History, Memory, and the Turkish Room


Chapter 4: Cultural Memory, Spiritualism, and Howells’s Ghost Stories


Chapter 5: “We haven’t any of us perfect memories, have we?”: Monuments, Photographs, and the Construction of Memory


Works Cited

Index


 

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