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Symbolic interactions : social problems and literary interventions in the works of Baillie, Scott, and Landor

Author: Regina Hewitt
Publisher: Lewisburg : Bucknell University Press, ©2006.
Series: The Bucknell studies in eighteenth-century literature and culture.
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"Taking literally Joanna Baillie's claim that drama can promote social justice, Symbolic Interactions explores how plays by Baillie, novels by Walter Scott, and Imaginary Conversations by Walter Savage Landor address problems of capital punishment, poverty, and political participation. Baillie's and Scott's preoccupation with affective responses to criminals and beggars takes on new significance when situated next  Read more...
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Hewitt, Regina, 1959-
Symbolic interactions.
Lewisburg : Bucknell University Press, c2006
(OCoLC)607813636
Named Person: Walter Scott; Joanna Baillie; Walter Savage Landor; Joanna Baillie; Walter Savage Landor; Walter Scott
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Regina Hewitt
ISBN: 0838756395 9780838756393
OCLC Number: 61362110
Description: 280 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : conceptualizing symbolic interaction --
The problem of criminal justice --
Baillie's interventions --
The problem of poverty --
Impoverished social relations --
Landor and the solution of political contention --
Baillie, Scott and the problem of political contention --
The problem of disciplinarity.
Series Title: The Bucknell studies in eighteenth-century literature and culture.
Responsibility: Regina Hewitt.
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Explores how plays by Baillie, novels by Walter Scott, and "Imaginary Conversations" by Walter Savage Landor address problems of capital punishment, poverty, and political participation. Baillie's  Read more...

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