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From the Publisher"One of the important works of the year....Contains some of the best arguments I know on the conventionality of canon formation."—Michael J. Hoffman, American Literary Scholarship
"Wide-ranging, clearly written, cogently argued.... One of those stimulating and significant seminal studies sure to be frequently cited."—Choice.
"A major reassessment of nineteenth-century 'sentimental' novels...Force[s] us to reconsider on every page our usual notions of literary valuation, interpretive bias, and canon formation."—Western Humanities Review
"Sensational Designs...is an eye-opener for those too much obsessed by their own academic and cultural investments to understand the true stylistic and ideological complexity of nineteenth-century American fiction."—Philip F. Gura, Esquire
"A cogently argued redefinition of the entire process of literary study."—Women's Review of Books