This Companion provides fresh perspectives on the frequently read Dreiser classics, Sister Carrie and An American Tragedy, as well as on topics of perennial interest, which include Dreiser's representation of the city and his prose style. The volume investigates his representation of masculinity and femininity, and his treatment of ethnicity, among other topics.
Background and contexts: Dreiser and the profession of authorship / James L.W. West III Dreiser and the uses of biography / Thomas P. Riggio Dreiser's style / Paul Giles Dreiser and the history of American longing / Jackson Lears Dreiser and his culture: The matter of Dreiser's modernity / Bill Brown Dreiser, class, and the home / Catherine Jurca Can there be loyalty in the Financier? Dreiser and upward mobility / Bruce Robbins Dreiser, art, and the museum / Miles Orvell Dreiser and women / Clare Virginia Eby Sister Carrie, race, and the World's Columbian Exposition / Christopher Gair Dreiser's sociological vision / Priscilla Wald Dreiser and crime / Leonard Cassuto