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

ISBN-10: 0195041194
ISBN-13: 9780195041194
Edition: 1985
Authors: Jane P. Tompkins
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Description: In this provocative book, Jane Tompkins seeks to move the study ofliterature away from the small group of critically approved texts that havedominated literary discussion over the decades, to allow inclusion of textsignored or denigrated by the  More...

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Book details

List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 1985
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/29/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

In this provocative book, Jane Tompkins seeks to move the study ofliterature away from the small group of critically approved texts that havedominated literary discussion over the decades, to allow inclusion of textsignored or denigrated by the literary academy. Sensational Designs challengescomfortable assumptions about what makes a literary work a "classic."

Acknowledgments
Introduction the Cultural Work of American Fiction
Masterpiece Theater: the Politics of Hawthorne's Literary Reputation
What Happens in Wieland
The Importance of Merely Circulating
No Apologies for the Iroquois: a New Way to Read the Leatherstocking Novels
Sentimental Power: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Politics of Literary History
The Other American Renaissance
"But is It Any Good?": the Institutionalization of Literary Value
Notes
Index

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