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Literature of Labor and the Labors of Literature Allegory in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction

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ISBN-10: 0521470544

ISBN-13: 9780521470544

Edition: 1995

Authors: Cindy Weinstein, Albert Gelpi, Ross Posnock

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The Literature of Labor and the Labors of Literature juxtaposes representations of labor in fictional texts and non-fictional texts in order to trace the intersections between aesthetic and economic discourse in nineteenth-century America. Both allegory and the new forms of labour 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 contextualised model of allegory, Weinstein argues that texts by Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, and Adams are best understood both as allegories of labor (that is, the allegorical representations of the nature and cost of…    
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List price: $119.99
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/27/1995
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 282
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

The problem with labor and the promise of leisure
Hawthorne and the economics of allegory
Melville's operatives
Twain in the man-factory
The manikin, the machine, and the Virgin Mary