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Guilty Pleasures : Popular Novels and American Audiences in the Long Nineteenth Century

Author: Hugh McIntosh; Project Muse.
Publisher: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2018.
Series: Book collections on Project MUSE.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Examining reactions to bestselling fiction in America from 1850-1920, the period in which popular novels became national phenomena, Guilty Pleasures argues that ambivalence about public taste sparked a wide-ranging exploration of individualism and national identity"--
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh McIntosh; Project Muse.
ISBN: 9780813941646 0813941644 9780813941660 0813941660
OCLC Number: 1053886472
Description: 1 online resource (pages cm)
Contents: Introduction: the not-so-great American novel --
Uncle Tom's Cabin and the unprivileged public sphere --
Ben-Hur: spectacles of belief --
British authorship, American advertising --
Questionable Americans abroad --
Unknowing American realism: Uncle Tom's Cabin to Henry James, James Weldon Johnson, and James Baldwin --
Afterword: the novel and America abroad now.
Series Title: Book collections on Project MUSE.
Responsibility: Hugh McIntosh.

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Examines reactions to best-selling fiction in the United States from 1850 to 1920, including reader response to such bestsellers as Uncle Tom's Cabin, Ben Hur, and Trilby, as well as fictional  Read more...

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