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The Resource Vanishing moments : class and American literature, Eric Schocket

Vanishing moments : class and American literature, Eric Schocket

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Vanishing moments : class and American literature
Title
Vanishing moments
Title remainder
class and American literature
Statement of responsibility
Eric Schocket
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Vanishing Moments analyzes how various American authors have reified class through their writing, from the first influx of industrialism in the 1850s to the end of the Great Depression in the early 1940s. Eric Schocket uses this history to document America's long engagement with the problem of class stratification and demonstrates how deeply America's desire to deny the presence of class has marked even its most labor-conscious cultural texts. Schocket offers careful readings of works by Herman Melville, Rebecca Harding Davis, William Dean Howells, Jack London, T. S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, Muriel Rukeyser, and Langston Hughes, among others, and explores how these authors worked to try to heal the rift between the classes. He considers the challenges writers faced before the Civil War in developing a language of class amidst the predominant concerns about race and slavery; how early literary realists dealt with the threat of class insurrection; how writers at the turn of the century attempted to span the divide between the classes by going undercover as workers; how early modernists used working-class characters and idioms to shape their aesthetic experiments; and how leftists in the 1930s struggled to develop an adequate model to connect class and literature. Vanishing Moments' unique combination of a broad historical scope and in-depth readings makes it an essential book for scholars and students of American literature and culture, as well as for political scientists, economists, and humanists."--Publisher's website
  • "Vanishing Moments analyzes how various American authors have reified class through their writing, from the first influx of industrialism in the 1850s to the end of the Great Depression in the early 1940s. Eric Schocket uses this history to document America's long engagement with the problem of class stratification and demonstrates how deeply America's desire to deny the presence of class has marked even its most labor-conscious cultural texts. Schocket offers careful readings of works by Herman Melville, Rebecca Harding Davis, William Dean Howells, Jack London, T. S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, Muriel Rukeyser, and Langston Hughes, among others, and explores how these authors worked to try to heal the rift between the classes. He considers the challenges writers faced before the Civil War in developing a language of class amidst the predominant concerns about race and slavery; how early literary realists dealt with the threat of class insurrection; how writers at the turn of the century attempted to span the divide between the classes by going undercover as workers; how early modernists used working-class characters and idioms to shape their aesthetic experiments; and how leftists in the 1930s struggled to develop an adequate model to connect class and literature. Vanishing Moments' unique combination of a broad historical scope and in-depth readings makes it an essential book for scholars and students of American literature and culture, as well as for political scientists, economists, and humanists."--Publisher's website
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1966-
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Schocket, Eric
Dewey number
810.9/355
Index
index present
LC call number
PS217.W66
LC item number
S36 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Class : culture
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Working class in literature
  • American literature
  • American literature
Label
Vanishing moments : class and American literature, Eric Schocket
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-284) 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 veil and the vision : reading class in American literature -- 2."Discovering some new race" : "life in the iron mills," whiteness, and the genesis of the American labor narrative -- 3. Voices of insurgency : strikes, speech, and social realism -- 4. Middle-class melancholy and proletarian pain : the writer as class transvestite -- 5. Modernism and the aesthetics of management : T.S. Eliot and Gertrude Stein write labor literature -- 6. The fetish of being inside : proletarian texts and working-class bodies
Control code
70232272
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 300 pages
Isbn
9780472115693
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2006020163
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
  • 9780472115693
  • 9780472031870
System control number
(OCoLC)70232272
Label
Vanishing moments : class and American literature, Eric Schocket
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-284) 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 veil and the vision : reading class in American literature -- 2."Discovering some new race" : "life in the iron mills," whiteness, and the genesis of the American labor narrative -- 3. Voices of insurgency : strikes, speech, and social realism -- 4. Middle-class melancholy and proletarian pain : the writer as class transvestite -- 5. Modernism and the aesthetics of management : T.S. Eliot and Gertrude Stein write labor literature -- 6. The fetish of being inside : proletarian texts and working-class bodies
Control code
70232272
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 300 pages
Isbn
9780472115693
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2006020163
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
  • 9780472115693
  • 9780472031870
System control number
(OCoLC)70232272

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