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Sensational Designs: The Cultural Work of American Fiction, 1790-1860

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What makes a literary classic? In "Sensational Designs" Jane Tompkins argues that it is not the intrinsic merit of a text, but rather the circumstances of its writing. Against the modernist belief that art, in order to be art, must be free from propaganda, Tompkins contends that writers like Brockden Brown, Cooper, Stowe, and Warner wrote in order to alter the face of the social world, not to elicit aesthetic appreciation.Thus, the value and significance of the novels, for readers of their time, depended on precisely those characteristics that formalist criticism has taught us to deplore: stereotyped characters, sensational plots, and cliched language.

Synopsis:

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.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [203]-227) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195041194
Author:
Tompkins, Jane
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Tompkins, Jane
Author:
null, Jane
Location:
New York :
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Literature and society
Subject:
American fiction
Subject:
Li.
Subject:
Literature/English | American Literature | 19th C
Subject:
terature/English | American Literature | 19th C
Subject:
American fiction -- 19th century.
Subject:
Social problems in literature
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Series Volume:
99-205
Publication Date:
19860531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illus.
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.58x5.56x.60 in. .74 lbs.

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