The Aesthetics and Politics of the Crowd in American Literature
By (author) Mary Esteve
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Aesthetics and Politics of the Crowd in American Literature by Mary Esteve
Book DescriptionMary 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521035903
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 31-May-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Esteve examines crowd representations in American literature from the antebellum era to the early twentieth century.
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Author Biography - Mary Esteve
Mary Esteve is Assistant Professor in the English Department at Concordia University, Montreal. Her work has appeared in ELH, American Literary History, and Genre.
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