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Sensational designs : the cultural work of American fiction, 1790-1860

Author: Jane Tompkins
Publisher: New York ; Melbourne : Oxford U.P., 1985.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Local government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This challenging book works towards a redefinition of literature and literary study. The texts the author examines are viewed not as works of art embodying enduring themes, but as attempts to redefine the social order.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Local government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jane Tompkins
ISBN: 1280439513 9781280439513 1423735870 9781423735878 0195364848 9780195364842 160129607X 9781601296078
OCLC Number: 1035685337
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 236 pages)
Contents: Introduction: The Cultural Work of American Fiction; I: Masterpiece Theater: The Politics of Hawthorne's Literary Reputation; II: What Happens in Wieland; III: The Importance of Merely Circulating; IV: No Apologies for the Iroquois: A New Way to Read the Leatherstocking Novels; V: Sentimental Power: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Politics of Literary History; VI: The Other American Renaissance; VII: ""But Is It Any Good?"": The Institutionalization of Literary Value; Notes; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W
Responsibility: Jane Tompkins.
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This challenging book works towards a redefinition of literature and literary study. The texts the author examines are viewed not as works of art embodying enduring themes, but as attempts to redefine the social order.

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