Literature of Labor and the Labors of Literature by Cindy Weinstein
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Literature of Labor and the Labors of Literature
By Cindy Weinstein

The Literature of Labor and the Labors of Literature

Allegory in Nineteenth-century American Fiction

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Literature of Labor and the Labors of Literature by Cindy Weinstein

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The Literature of Labor and the Labors of Literature juxtaposes representations of labour 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 contextualized model of allegory, Weinstein argues that texts by Hawthorne, Melville, Twain and Adams are best understood both as allegories of labour (that is, the allegorical representations of the nature and cost of being a labouring being) and labours of allegory (that is, the visibility of the author's work of representation). Weinstein revolutionizes the notion of allegorical narrative, which is exposed as a literary medium of greater depth and consequence than has previously been implied - a working authorial vehicle for engaged and at times socially turbulent thought.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521054584
ISBN-10: 0521054583
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Pages: 284
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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