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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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Mary Esteve provides a study of crowd representations in American literature from the antebellum era to the early twentieth century. As a central icon of political and cultural democracy, the crowd occupies a prominent place in the American literary and cultural landscape. Esteve examines a range of writing by Poe, Hawthorne, Lydia Maria Child, Du Bois, James, and Stephen Crane among others. These writers, she argues, distinguish between the aesthetics of immersion in a crowd and the mode of collectivity demanded of political-liberal subjects. In their representations of everyday crowds, ranging from streams of urban pedestrians to swarms of train travellers, from upper-class parties to lower-class revivalist meetings, such authors seize on the political problems facing a mass liberal democracy - problems such as the stipulations of citizenship, nation formation, mass immigration and the emergence of mass media. Esteve examines both the aesthetic and political meanings of such urban crowd scenes.
Cambridge University Press; February 2003
274 pages; ISBN 9780511058646
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Title: The Aesthetics and Politics of the Crowd in American Literature
Author: Mary Esteve
 
ISBNs
0511058640
9780511058646
9780521814881