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California and the Fictions of Capital / Edition 1

California and the Fictions of Capital / Edition 1

by George Henderson
     
 

ISBN-10: 1592131980

ISBN-13: 9781592131983

Pub. Date: 02/28/2003

Publisher: Temple University Press

These essays on California's economy, culture, and literature between the 1880s and 1920s show how rural places were made over in the image of capital The story told here is of the real and imaginary spaces that capital occupied, including its encounters with the realities and representations of race, gender, and class. Beginning with the geography and political

Overview

These essays on California's economy, culture, and literature between the 1880s and 1920s show how rural places were made over in the image of capital The story told here is of the real and imaginary spaces that capital occupied, including its encounters with the realities and representations of race, gender, and class. Beginning with the geography and political economy of agrarian capitalism, Henderson moves on to examine the celebratory, if fretful ruminations on economy in novels by Frank Norris, Mary Austin, and many other writers drawn to rural California before John Steinbeck redefined the scene in the 1930s.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592131983
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Series:
TUP Place Culture & Politics Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Alchemy of Capital and Nature ix(12)
Why the Late Nineteenth-Century Countryside? xii(1)
The Discourse of Rural Realism xiii(2)
Why Rural Realism, Why the Novel? xv(2)
Stalking the Interdisciplinary Wilds xvii(4)
Reference Maps
xxi
PART I Making Geographies 3(112)
1 Rural Commodity Regimes: A Primer
3(25)
The Logics and Illogics of Production: The Shift to and out of Grain
4(3)
The Regime of Specialty Crops
7(11)
A Wider Division of Labor: The Country in the City
18(10)
2 Nature and Fictitious Capital: The Circulation of Money Capital
28(53)
Capitalism and Nature: The Agrarian Nexus
28(2)
Axis One: The Mann-Dickinson Thesis, Nature as Obstacle
30(2)
Axis Two: Exploiting the Natural Obstacle
32(2)
Keeping Capitalism Out or Letting Capital In? Marx on Circulation
34(4)
Blurred Boundaries and Fugitive Bodies
38(4)
Nature and Circulation
42(2)
Capital, Nature, and the Space-Time of Agro-Credits in the United States
44(8)
Capital, Nature, and the Space-Time of Agro-Credits in California
52(25)
Conclusion: Reading the Landscape of Fictitious Capital
77(4)
3 Toward Rural Realism: Variable Capital, Variable Capitalists, and the Fictions of Capital
81(34)
The Way to Get Farm Labor?
81(2)
The Ever-New, Ever-Same, 1: Continuity of Wage Labor and Changes in the Wage Labor Market
83(4)
The Ever-New, Ever Same, 2: Resistance and Reaction
87(3)
Racializing the Working Body and Multicultural Racism
90(6)
Toward Rural Realism: An Agrarianism without Illusions?
96(8)
Variable Capitalists All: Capitalist Laborers and the Fictions of Capital in Country and City
104(8)
Coda: The Labor of Fiction
112(3)
PART II Excavating Geographical Imaginations 115(100)
Introduction 115(8)
Many Countrysides 115(3)
The Trials of Capital and Narratives of Social Space 118(3)
The Narrative of Social Space in Rural Realism 121(2)
4 Mussel Slough and the Contradictions of Squatter Capitalism
123(27)
The Commodification of Mussel Slough: Railroad, Speculators, and Squatters Converge in the Tulare Basin
125(5)
Blood-Money and the Anatomy of Development
130(7)
The Country and the City: From Transgression to Similitude
137(2)
The Octopus and the Bourgeois Sublime
139(9)
Bourgeois Discourse and the Uses of Nature
148(2)
5 Realty Redux: Landscapes of Boom and Bust in Southern California
150(25)
Where Is Southern California?
150(2)
From Ranchos to Real Estate
152(2)
The Boom of the 1880s
154(6)
The Southern California Boom Novel
160(13)
Conclusion: Production, a Necessary Evil
173(2)
6 Romancing the Sand: Earth-Capital and Desire in the Imperial Valley
175(21)
The Problem
175(1)
Engineers and Entrepreneurs
176(2)
Producing the Imperial Valley
178(1)
What a Difference a Flood Makes
179(2)
Imperial Valley Representations, 1: Promotion and Its (Dis)Contents
181(1)
Imperial Valley Representations, 2: The Winning of Barbara Worth and the Erotics of Western Conquest
182(11)
Conclusion: Engineering Rural Realism
193(3)
7 Take Me to the River: Water, Metropolitan Growth, and the Countryside
196(19)
Designer Ducts
196(2)
Los Angeles and the Owens Valley
198(2)
San Francisco and Hetch Hetchy Valley
200(4)
Rural Eclipse: The Water-Bearer and The Ford
204(9)
Wither Rural Realism?
213(2)
Conclusion 215(4)
Notes 219(16)
References 235(16)
Index 251

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