Neutral Ground: New Traditionalism and the American Romance Controversy
- List Price: $47.50
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
- Publish date: 08/01/1999
- ISBN: 9780807123515
- ISBN10: 080712351X
In Neutral Ground, which is both a literary history and a critical analysis of the romance controversy, Thompson and Link reconfigure the debate along more historical lines through an approach they call New Traditionalism. Supported by a massive body of writings from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, they argue that the distinction between the meanings of novel and romance, far from being aberrant, was one of the central issues in American letters from the 1790s to the 1890s. In revealing that historical bedrock of the long tradition of American romance theory, they seek to establish sounder bases from which revisionist criticism may now be launched.