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The Literature of Labor and the Labors of Literature : Allegory in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction - Cindy Weinstein

The Literature of Labor and the Labors of Literature

Allegory in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction

Hardcover Published: 27th January 1995
ISBN: 9780521470544
Number Of Pages: 284

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This book juxtaposes representations of labor in fictional texts with representations of labor in nonfictional texts in order to trace the intersections between aesthetic and economic discourse in nineteenth-century America. This intersection is particularly evident in the debates about symbol and allegory, and Cindy Weinstein contends that allegory during this period was critiqued on precisely the same grounds as mechanized labor. In the course of completing a historical investigation, Weinstein revolutionizes the notion of allegorical narrative, which is exposed as a literary medium of greater depth and consequence than has previously been implied.

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'More than any critic I can think of, Cindy Weinstein has developed a sustained argument about the historical conditions for allegory ... this bold new theory of allegory puts Cindy Weinstein at the forefront of a new generation of Americanists.' Wai-Chee Dimock, Brandeis University

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The problem with labor and the promise of leisure
Hawthorne and the economics of allegory
Melville's operatives
Twain in the man-factory
The manikin, the machine, and the Virgin Mary
Afterword
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521470544
ISBN-10: 0521470544
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature & Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 27th January 1995
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.65 x 16.03  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.5

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