California and the Fictions of Capital

California and the Fictions of Capital

by George L. Henderson
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

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"Henderson's book is an intellectual foray into the relationships among capital investment, the productive use of agricultural land, and how these issues have fired the imagination of novelists in California history from 1870 to 1920....Students of the American West and California will find it worthwhile."—Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195108903
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1998
Series:
Commonwealth Center Studies in American Culture Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
1380L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

George L. Henderson is Assistant Professor of Geography and Regional Development at the University of Arizona, where he is also a Faculty Affiliate of the Program in Comparative and Cultural Literary Studies.

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