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Surveyors of Customs: American Literature as Cultural Analysis

ISBN : 9780190876555

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¥5,390
Author: 
Joel Pfister
Pages
290 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
May 2018
Series
Oxford Studies in American Literary History
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Surveyors of Customs explores literature's insights into how America--its soft capitalism, its democratized inequality, its Americanization of power--ticks. Joel Pfister argues that writers from Benjamin Franklin to Louise Erdrich can be read as critical surveyors of customs, culture, hegemony, capitalism's emotional logic, and much else.

Index: 

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Critical Work and Critical Pleasure of American Literature
1. Inner-Self Industries: Soft Capitalism's Reproductive Logic
2. How America Works: Getting Personal to Get Personnel
3. Dress-Down Conquest: Americanizing Top-Down as Bottom-Up
Afterword: Payoffs
Notes
Works Consulted
Index

About the author: 

Joel Pfister is Olin Professor of English, Chair of the American Studies department, and was recently Chair of the English department at Wesleyan University. He has written five books and co-edited a volume of essays that range over U.S. literature and drama, the cultural history of subjectivity, the Anglo-American history of cultural critique, and the history of Americanization, race, and class.

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