American Themes

Jack Greene addresses developments in the 1980s in the writing of American colonial studies.

R. W. B. Lewis discusses themes in American literature and culture in the 1980s, praising African American women writers like Toni Morrison and Robert Penn Warren and predicting that both will have lasting worth in American culture.

At the time of these interviews, Greene, a Fellow at the National Humanities Center (1986-88, 2009-10), was professor of history at Johns Hopkins University.

Lewis, a Fellow at the National Humanities Center (1989-90, 1992-93, 1998-99) was professor of American studies at Yale University.

This edition of Soundings was conducted by Wayne J. Pond.

391 – American Themes

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