American Sensations: Class, Empire, and the Production of Popular Culture / Edition 1

American Sensations: Class, Empire, and the Production of Popular Culture / Edition 1

by Shelley Streeby
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520229452

ISBN-13: 9780520229457

Pub. Date: 05/10/2002

Publisher: University of California Press

16 illustrations
This innovative cultural history investigates an intriguing, thrilling, and often lurid assortment of sensational literature that was extremely popular in the United States in 1848—including dime novels, cheap story paper literature, and journalism for working-class Americans. Shelley Streeby uncovers themes and images in this "literature of…  See more details below

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16 illustrations
This innovative cultural history investigates an intriguing, thrilling, and often lurid assortment of sensational literature that was extremely popular in the United States in 1848—including dime novels, cheap story paper literature, and journalism for working-class Americans. Shelley Streeby uncovers themes and images in this "literature of sensation" that reveal the profound influence that the U.S.-Mexican War and other nineteenth-century imperial ventures throughout the Americas had on U.S. politics and culture. Streeby's analysis of this fascinating body of popular literature and mass culture broadens into a sweeping demonstration of the importance of the concept of empire for understanding U.S. history and literature.
This accessible, interdisciplinary book brilliantly analyzes the sensational literature of George Lippard, A.J.H Duganne, Ned Buntline, Metta Victor, Mary Denison, John Rollin Ridge, Louisa May Alcott, and many other writers. Streeby also discusses antiwar articles in the labor and land reform press;ideas about Mexico, Cuba, and Nicaragua in popular culture;and much more. Although the Civil War has traditionally been a major period marker in U.S. history and literature, Streeby proposes a major paradigm shift by using mass culture to show that the U.S.-Mexican War and other conflicts with Mexicans and Native Americans in the borderlands were fundamental in forming the complex nexus of race, gender, and class in the United States.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520229457
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/10/2002
Series:
American Crossroads Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
399
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Pt. 1American Sensations
1Introduction: City and Empire in the American 18483
2George Lippard's 1848: Empire, Amnesia, and the U.S.-Mexican War38
Pt. 2Foreign Bodies and International Race Romance in the Story Papers
3The Story-Paper Empire81
4Foreign Bodies and International Race Romance102
5From Imperial Adventure to Bowery B'hoys and Buffalo Bill: Ned Buntline, Nativism, and Class139
Pt. 3Land, Labor, and Empire in the Dime Novel
6The Contradictions of Anti-Imperialism161
7The Hacienda, the Factory, and the Plantation189
8The Dime Novel, the Civil War, and Empire214
Pt. 4Beyond 1848
9Joaquin Murrieta and Popular Culture251
Notes291
Bibliography343
Index379

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