The Public Life of Privacy in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

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Mai 2005



Challenges the familiar way of reading a major strain of 19th century American literature. Rather than seeing this strain as preoccupied with a subject's inner mental life, it shows that subjects can only be understood, and understand themselves, through


Stacey Margolis is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Utah.


"This book places Stacey Margolis at the forefront of a generation of scholars intent on challenging the old divisions that continue to shape the study of American literature. Her unique contribution is to problematize a number of these divisions by showing how consistently post-Civil War fiction crossed the line distinguishing private interiority from social life and reversed the causal relationship between private intentions and public effects. Rather than rush to the Foucauldian conclusion that surveillance can only mean social regulation of personal desire, Margolis pieces together from American writing a model of self-regulation that insists how we appear in the eyes of our social cohort can and should shape how we feel and act. Formulating a liberal subject whose innermost thoughts thus come from outside itself, she not only works across historical and discursive boundaries that would stall most readers but with remarkable precision she also accounts for the formal differences among genres and authors. I believe Margolis's book will change the way we read nineteenth-century American literature."--Nancy Armstrong, Brown University "With this book Margolis establishes a paradigm for a much wider study of US literature and its culture. Essential."--T. Bonner Jr., Choice
EAN: 9780822335498
ISBN: 0822335492
Untertitel: 'New Americanists'. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Duke University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2005
Seitenanzahl: 248 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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