About this book series

American Literature Readings in the Twenty-First Century publishes works by contemporary authors that help shape critical opinion regarding American literature of the eighteenth, nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. The books treat fiction, poetry, memoir, drama and criticism itself—ranging from William Dow’s Narrating Class in American Fiction and Amy Strong’s Race and Identity in Hemingway’s Fiction, to Maisha L. Wester’s African American Gothic, Joseph Fichtelberg's Exceptional Violence and the Crisis of Classic American Literature, and Guy Davidson’s Queer Commodities: Contemporary U. S. Fiction, Consumer Culture, and Lesbian Subcultures

Beginning in 2004, the series is now well established and continues to welcome new book proposals. Manuscripts run between 80,000 and 90,000 words, while the Pivot format accommodates shorter books of 25,000 to 50,000 words. This series also accepts essay collections; among our bestsellers have been collections on David Foster Wallace, Norman Mailer, Contemporary U.S. Latina/o Literary Criticism, Kurt Vonnegut, Kate Chopin,  Carson McCullers, George Saunders, and Arthur Miller (written by members of the Miller Society). 

All texts are designed to create valuable interactions globally as well as within English-speaking countries. 

Editorial Board:
Professor Derek Maus, SUNY Potsdam, USA
Professor Thomas Fahy, Long Island University, USA
Professor Deborah E. McDowell, University of Virginia and Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute, USA
Professor Laura Rattray, University of Glasgow, UK  

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  • Linda Wagner-Martin

Book titles in this series

  1. Henry James Writes New York

    Identity, Masculinity, Authorship

    • Leonardo Buonomo
    • Copyright: 2025

    Available Renditions

    • Hard cover
    • eBook
  2. Campus Fictions

    Exemption and the American Campus Novel

    • Wesley Beal
    • Copyright: 2024

    Available Renditions

    • Hard cover
    • eBook
  3. Retrospective Poe

    The Master, His Readership, His Legacy

    • José R. Ibáñez Ibáñez
    • Santiago Rodríguez Guerrero-Strachan
    • Copyright: 2023

    Available Renditions

    • Hard cover
    • Soft cover
    • eBook

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