The Literature of Labor and the Labors of Literature: Allegory in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction by Cindy WeinsteinThe Literature of Labor and the Labors of Literature: Allegory in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction by Cindy Weinstein

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

byCindy Weinstein

Paperback | February 4, 2008

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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.
Title:The Literature of Labor and the Labors of Literature: Allegory in Nineteenth-Century American…Format:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:February 4, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521054583

ISBN - 13:9780521054584

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The problem with labor and the promise of leisure; 2. Hawthorne and the economics of allegory; 3. Melville's operatives; 4. Twain in the man-factory; 5. The manikin, the machine, and the Virgin Mary; Afterword; Notes; Index.

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"The soundness of Weinstein's thesis and the theoretical sophistication of her individual readings make this an important book..." American Literature