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Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture: Series Number 135

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Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture: Series Number 135 by Mary Esteve
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Mary Esteve provides a study of crowd representations in American literature from the antebellum era to the early twentieth century. As a central icon of political and cultural democracy, the crowd occupies a prominent place in the American literary and cultural landscape. Esteve examines a range of writing by Poe, Hawthorne, Lydia Maria Child, Du Bois, James, and Stephen Crane among others. These writers, she argues, distinguish between the aesthetics of immersion in a crowd and the mode of collectivity demanded of political-liberal subjects. In their representations of everyday crowds, ranging from streams of urban pedestrians to swarms of train travellers, from upper-class parties to lower-class revivalist meetings, such authors seize on the political problems facing a mass liberal democracy - problems such as the stipulations of citizenship, nation formation, mass immigration, and the emergence of mass media. Esteve examines both the aesthetic and political meanings of such urban crowd scenes.

Author Biography

Mary Esteve is Assistant Professor in the English Department at Concordia University, Montreal. Her work has appeared in ELH, American Literary History, and Genre.
Release date NZ
February 27th, 2003
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
4 Halftones, unspecified
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
274
Dimensions
152x229x19
ISBN-13
9780521814881
Product ID
1772146

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