Difficult Reputations: Collective Memories of the Evil, Inept, and Controversial / Edition 2

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Overview

We take reputations for granted. Believing in the bad and the good natures of our notorious or illustrious forebears is part of our shared national heritage. Yet we are largely ignorant of how such reputations came to be, who was instrumental in creating them, and why. Even less have we considered how villains, just as much as heroes, have helped our society define its values. Presenting essays on Fatty Arbuckle, Herman Melville, Benedict Arnold, Warren Harding, John Brown, Sinclair Lewis, Henry Ford, and Vladimir Nabokov, Gary Fine explores the complex roles in culture and history that difficult reputations play.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226249414
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Fine is a professor of sociology at Northwestern University. His many books include Manufacturing Tales: Sex and Money in Contemporary Legends and With the Boys: Little League Baseball and Preadolescent Culture.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Constructing Difficult Reputations 1
1 Benedict Arnold and the Commemoration of Treason 32
2 Warren Harding and the Memory of Incompetence 60
3 John Brown and the Legitimation of Political Violence 95
4 Fatty Arbuckle and the Creation of Public Attention 130
5 Henry Ford and the Multiple-Audience Problem 167
6 Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita, and the Creation of Imaginary Social Relations 195
7 Herman Melville and the Demise of Literary Reputation 210
8 Sinclair Lewis, Main Street, and Community Reputation 232
Conclusion: Difficult Reputations 259
Index 263
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