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The Resource 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, Cindy Weinstein

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The literature of labor and the labors of literature : allegory in nineteenth-century American fiction
Title
The literature of labor and the labors of literature
Title remainder
allegory in nineteenth-century American fiction
Statement of responsibility
Cindy Weinstein
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • The Literature of Labor and the Labors of Literature 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 the author contends that allegory during this period was critiqued on precisely the same grounds as mechanized labor. Despite the undeniable differences between literary characters and historical workers, the discursive possibilities for constructing the character of both fictional and nonfictional persons are strikingly similar. Both allegory and the new forms of labor produced a version of personhood that seemed frighteningly flat, a flatness that attacked the substance of the work ethic and, indeed, the very foundations of American individualism
  • Using this contextualized model of allegory, Weinstein goes on to argue that texts by Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, and Henry Adams are best understood as both allegories of labor (that is, the allegorical representations of the nature and cost of being a laboring being) and labors of allegory (that is, the visibility of the author's work of representation). In the course of completing a historical investigation, Weinstein revolutionizes thc notion of allegorical narrative, which is exposed as a literary medium of greater complexity and consequence than has previously been implied - a working authorial vehicle for engaged and at times socially turbulent thought
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DLC
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Weinstein, Cindy
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge studies in American literature and culture
Series volume
89
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American fiction
  • Labor
  • Working class in literature
  • Aesthetics, American
  • Work in literature
  • Allegory
  • Work
  • Aesthetics, American
Label
The literature of labor and the labors of literature : allegory in nineteenth-century American fiction, Cindy Weinstein
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 212-252) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Problem with Labor and the Promise of Leisure -- 2. Hawthorne and the Economics of Allegory -- 3. Melville's Operatives -- 4. Twain in the Man-factory -- 5. The Manikin, the Machine, and the Virgin Mary
Control code
30399149
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 266 pages
Isbn
9780521470544
Isbn Type
(hc)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1638447
Label
The literature of labor and the labors of literature : allegory in nineteenth-century American fiction, Cindy Weinstein
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 212-252) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Problem with Labor and the Promise of Leisure -- 2. Hawthorne and the Economics of Allegory -- 3. Melville's Operatives -- 4. Twain in the Man-factory -- 5. The Manikin, the Machine, and the Virgin Mary
Control code
30399149
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 266 pages
Isbn
9780521470544
Isbn Type
(hc)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1638447

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