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Downwardly Mobile : The Changing Fortunes of American Realism

By: Lawson, Andrew.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Cary : Oxford University Press, USA, 2012Description: 1 online resource (204 p.).ISBN: 9780199828067.Subject(s): American fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism | American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism | Economics in literature | Financial crises in literature | Realism in literature | Social classes in literature | Social mobility in literature | United States -- Economic conditions -- 19th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Downwardly Mobile : The Changing Fortunes of American RealismDDC classification: 813/.30912 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
""Cover""; ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""1. Introduction: A Hunger for the Real""; ""2. Rose Terry Cooke and the Roots of Realist Taste""; ""3. Rebecca Harding Davis and the Failed Genteel Father""; ""4. The Artist of the Floating World: William Dean Howells""; ""5. The Rentier Aesthetics of Henry James""; ""6. Hamlin Garland�s Vertical Vision""; ""7. Coda: White-Collar Blues""; ""Notes""; ""Index""; ""A""; ""B""; ""C""; ""D""; ""E""; ""F""; ""G""; ""H""; ""I""; ""J""; ""K""; ""L""; ""M""; ""N""; ""O""; ""P""; ""R""; ""S""; ""T""; ""V""; ""W""
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""Cover""; ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""1. Introduction: A Hunger for the Real""; ""2. Rose Terry Cooke and the Roots of Realist Taste""; ""3. Rebecca Harding Davis and the Failed Genteel Father""; ""4. The Artist of the Floating World: William Dean Howells""; ""5. The Rentier Aesthetics of Henry James""; ""6. Hamlin Garland�s Vertical Vision""; ""7. Coda: White-Collar Blues""; ""Notes""; ""Index""; ""A""; ""B""; ""C""; ""D""; ""E""; ""F""; ""G""; ""H""; ""I""; ""J""; ""K""; ""L""; ""M""; ""N""; ""O""; ""P""; ""R""; ""S""; ""T""; ""V""; ""W""

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Employing economic history to analyze American literature, Lawson (Leeds Metropolitan Univ., UK) traces the development of realism to a period of market instability when middle-class authors were threatened by financial downturns. In addition to an introduction that focuses on the 1837 economic crash and a coda that analyzes Edwin Markham's poem "The Man with the Hoe" (1899), the book comprises five chapters, each exploring early biographical works by American realists. The first two chapters analyze the Atlantic Monthly stories of Rose Terry Cooke and Rebecca Harding Davis, groundbreaking works that appeared in the late 1850s and early 1860s and graphically detailed the authors' own economic hardships. Each of the next three chapters is dedicated to a major American realist: William Dean Howells, Henry James, and Hamlin Garland, authors whose early biographical works highlight the financial difficulties that confronted their families and the nation. Employing the theoretical precepts of Frederic Jameson, Lawson connects the rise of realism to the market fluctuations that caused middle-class authors to identify with the lower classes. This monograph thoughtfully combines biography, economic history, and literary analysis to explore realism as a genre emerging from marketplace dislocations. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. R. Mulligan Christopher Newport University

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Andrew Lawson is Lecturer in English at Leeds Metropolitan University. He is the author of Walt Whitman and the Class Struggle.

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