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Reading the Symptom: Frank Norris, Theodore Dreiser, and the Dynamics of Capitalism Preface by Jean-Joseph Goux
     

Reading the Symptom: Frank Norris, Theodore Dreiser, and the Dynamics of Capitalism Preface by Jean-Joseph Goux

by Jean-Joseph Goux, Mohamed Zayani
 

ISBN-10: 082043910X

ISBN-13: 9780820439105

Pub. Date: 12/28/1998

Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated

Reading the Symptom is concerned with naturalism; it is also necessarily concerned with capitalism as the complex-structuring whole within which naturalism operates and from which it cannot be disengaged. Tightly connected with this polemic assertion is a methodological proposition: naturalism - and by extension capitalism - is characterized not only by

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Reading the Symptom is concerned with naturalism; it is also necessarily concerned with capitalism as the complex-structuring whole within which naturalism operates and from which it cannot be disengaged. Tightly connected with this polemic assertion is a methodological proposition: naturalism - and by extension capitalism - is characterized not only by its logic, but also by its asymmetrical dynamism. Focusing on Frank Norris's McTeague (and its companion piece Vandover and the Brute) and Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie, this study argues that naturalism puts into question the very system it exemplifies. Naturalism has a transgressive element at its core, the appreciation of which calls for a special attention to the role and consequence of the emergent, the aleatory, and the stochastic. To explore the interplay between the systematic and the asystematic is not only to come to the conclusion that naturalism is an open, creative system, but also to realize that uneven development is the basic law of social formations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820439105
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/28/1998
Series:
Modern American Literature Series
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.73(d)

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