The Aesthetics and Politics of the Crowd in American Literature

The Aesthetics and Politics of the Crowd in American Literature

by Mary Esteve
     
 

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As a central icon of political and cultural democracy, the crowd occupies a prominent place in the American literary and cultural landscape. Mary Esteve examines a range of writing by Poe, Hawthorne, Du Bois, James, and Stephen Crane to provide a study of crowd representations in American literature from the antebellum era to the early twentieth century. She argues

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As a central icon of political and cultural democracy, the crowd occupies a prominent place in the American literary and cultural landscape. Mary Esteve examines a range of writing by Poe, Hawthorne, Du Bois, James, and Stephen Crane to provide a study of crowd representations in American literature from the antebellum era to the early twentieth century. She argues that these writers examined the aesthetic and political meanings of urban crowd scenes.

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"In this ambitious and erudite study, Mary Esteve successfully contends that any consideration of "the crowd" as a political force in American literary texts should not be undertaken without understanding the concomitant aesthetic function of the same." Studies in the Novel

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521035903
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Series:
Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series, #135
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Mary Esteve is Assistant Professor in the English Department at Concordia University, Montréal. Her work has appeared in ELH, American Literary History, and Genre.

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