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Not quite hope and other political emotiond in the Gilded Age, Nathan Wolff

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Not quite hope and other political emotiond in the Gilded Age
Title
Not quite hope and other political emotiond in the Gilded Age
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Nathan Wolff
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Language
eng
Summary
Not Quite Hope and Other Political Emotions in the Gilded Age argues that late nineteenth-century US fiction grapples with and helps to conceptualize the disagreeable feelings that are both a threat to citizens' agency and an inescapable part of the emotional life of democracy-then as now. In detailing the corruption and venality for which the period remains known, authors including Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Adams, and Helen Hunt Jackson evoked the depressing inefficacy of reform, the lunatic passions of the mob, and the revolting appetites of lobbyists and office seekers. Readers and critics of these Washington novels, historical romances, and satiric romans a clef have denounced these books' fiercely negative tone, seeing it as a sign of elitism and apathy. The volume argues, in contrast, that their distrust of politics is coupled with an intense investment in it. Chapters examine both common and idiosyncratic forms of political emotion, including 'crazy love', disgust, cynicism, 'election fatigue', and the myriad feelings of hatred and suspicion provoked by the figure of the hypocrite. In so doing, the book corrects critics' too-narrow focus on 'sympathy' as the American novel's model political emotion. We think of reform novels as fostering feeling for fellow citizens or for specific causes. This volume argues that Gilded Age fiction refocuses attention on the unstable emotions that shape our relation to politics as such. It also positions this literature's fraught fascination with formal politics as a necessary counterpoint to histories of US literature that focus only on the nineteenth-century novel's anti-institutional imaginaries
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UKMGB
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Wolff, Nathan
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.P6
LC item number
W65 2019
Literary form
non fiction
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  • American fiction
  • Emotions in literature
  • Political fiction, American
  • Politics and literature
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Not quite hope and other political emotiond in the Gilded Age, Nathan Wolff
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [159]-210) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vi, 216 pages
Isbn
9780198831693
Lccn
2018949488
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • (OCoLC)1079782258
  • (OCoLC)on1079782258
Label
Not quite hope and other political emotiond in the Gilded Age, Nathan Wolff
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [159]-210) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vi, 216 pages
Isbn
9780198831693
Lccn
2018949488
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1079782258
  • (OCoLC)on1079782258

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