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Fables of Modernity
By Laura Brown

Fables of Modernity

Literature and Culture in the English Eighteenth Century

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Fables of Modernity by Laura Brown

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Fables of Modernity expands the territory for cultural and literary criticism by introducing the concept of the cultural fable. Laura Brown shows how cultural fables arise from material practices in eighteenth-century England. These fables, the author says, reveal the eighteenth-century origins of modernity and its connection with two related paradigms of difference-the woman and the "native" or non-European.The collective narratives that Brown finds in the print culture of the period engage such prominent phenomena as the city sewer, trade and shipping, the stock market, the commercial printing industry, the "native" visitor to London, and the household pet. In connecting imagination and history through the category of the cultural fable, Brown illuminates the nature of modern experience in the growing metropolitan centers, the national consequences of global expansion, the volatility of credit, the transforming effects of capital, and the domestic consequences of colonialism and slavery.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801488443
ISBN-10: 0801488443
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 16-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Laura Brown

Laura Brown is John Wendell Anderson Professor of English at Cornell University. She is the author of several books, including Homeless Dogs and Melancholy Apes: Humans and Other Animals in the Modern Literary Imagination,Fables of Modernity: Literature and Culture in the English Eighteenth Century and Ends of Empire: Women and Ideology in Early Eighteenth-Century English Literature, all from Cornell.

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