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Mechanic Accents Dime Novels and Working-Class Culture in America

ISBN-10: 185984250X
ISBN-13: 9781859842508
Edition: 2nd 1998
Authors: Michael Denning
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Description: Combining Marxist literary theory with American labour history, Denning explores what happened when, in the 19th century, working people began to read cheap novels and the 'fiction question' became a class question.

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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 9/17/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Combining Marxist literary theory with American labour history, Denning explores what happened when, in the 19th century, working people began to read cheap novels and the 'fiction question' became a class question.

Michael Denning teaches American Studies at Yale University. He is the author of Mechanic Accents , Cover Stories , Culture in the Age of Three Worlds , and The Cultural Front .

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Figure of the Dime Novel in American Culture
Fiction Factories: The Production of Dime Novels
'The Unknown Public': Dime Novels and Working Class Readers
The Uses of Literacy: Class, Culture, and Dime Novel Controversies
Reading Dime Novels: The Mechanic Accents of Escapist Fiction
Mysteries and Mechanics of the City
The Molly Maguires and the Detectives
Tramps, Outlaws ...: Figures of the Great Strike
Arthurian Knights in Connecticut Factories
Only a Mechanic's Daughter
Conclusion: Happy Endings?
Notes
Bibliographic Note
Cheap Stories
Bibliography
Afterword to the Revised Edition
Index

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