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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
American Mythologies
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853237365.003.0001

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of American literature's engagement with mythologies. It then examines the changes in contemporary American literature, which has, over the last thirty years, incorporated stories of defeat, and stories of the land and its people, within a revised concept of national exceptionalism and human possibility, written from both intercultural and transcultural perspectives. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   American literature, mythology, contemporary literature, national exceptionaliism

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