Sensational Designs: The Cultural Work of American Fiction, 1790-1860

Paperback | November 1, 1988

byJane Tompkins

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In this provocative book, Jane Tompkins seeks to move the study of literature away from the small group of critically approved texts that have dominated literary discussion over the decades, to allow inclusion of texts ignored or denigrated by the literary academy. Sensational Designschallenges comfortable assumptions about what makes a literary work a "classic."

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In this provocative book, Jane Tompkins seeks to move the study of literature away from the small group of critically approved texts that have dominated literary discussion over the decades, to allow inclusion of texts ignored or denigrated by the literary academy. Sensational Designschallenges comfortable assumptions about what makes...

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What makes a literary classic? In "Sensational Designs" Jane Tompkins argues that it is not the intrinsic merit of a text, but rather the circumstances of its writing. Against the modernist belief that art, in order to be art, must be free from propaganda, Tompkins contends that writers like Brockden Brown, Cooper, Stowe, and Warner wr...

Jane Tompkins is at Duke University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.27 × 5.51 × 0.75 inPublished:November 1, 1988Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195041194

ISBN - 13:9780195041194

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"Controversial...extremely provocative...intellectually challenging yet accessible."--American Quarterly