The Literature of Labor and the Labors of Literature: Allegory in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction

The Literature of Labor and the Labors of Literature

Allegory in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction

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ISBN10: 0521470544 ISBN13: 9780521470544 Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr Published: Mar 1 1995 Pages: 266 Weight: 1.15lbs. Height: 9.50" Width: 6.50" Depth: 1.00" Language: English

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This book juxtaposes representations of labor in fictional texts with representations of labor in nonfictional texts in order to trace the intersections between aesthetic and economic discourse in nineteenth-century America. This intersection is particularly evident in the debates about symbol and allegory, and Cindy Weinstein contends that allegory during this period was critiqued on precisely the same grounds as mechanized labor. In the course of completing a historical investigation, Weinstein revolutionizes the notion of allegorical narrative, which is exposed as a literary medium of greater depth and consequence than has previously been implied.

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