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American Literary Realism and the Failed Promise of Contract: Book by Brook Thomas

American Literary Realism and the Failed Promise of Contract

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ISBN: 9780520216648    Publisher: University of California Press Year of publishing: 1999     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 372        Language: English
In law, the late 19th century is often called the Age of Contract; in literature, the Age of Realism. Brook Thomas brings contract and realism together to offer insights into both areas while exploring...Read more
In law, the late 19th century is often called the Age of Contract; in literature, the Age of Realism. Brook Thomas brings contract and realism together to offer insights into both areas while exploring the social and cultural crises that accompanied America's transition from industrial capitalism to the corporate capitalism of the 20th century. Moving from legal analysis to social history to recontextualized literary critique, Thomas shows how writers like Twain, James, Howells, Chopin and Chesnutt took up contract as a model, formally and thematically, evoking its possibilities and dramatizing its failures.
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About the author: Brook Thomas
Brook Thomas is Professor and Chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. His books include... Read more
Brook Thomas is Professor and Chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. His books include "Cross-Examinations of Law and Literature: Cooper, Hawthorne, Stowe, and Melville" (1987), and "The New Historicism and Other Old-Fashioned Topics" (1991).
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Review:
A treasure trove of ideas and information, this erudite work crosses boundaries of law and literature as it traces the meaning and role of contracts in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century...Read more
A treasure trove of ideas and information, this erudite work crosses boundaries of law and literature as it traces the meaning and role of contracts in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American culture."--Carole Shapiro, "New York Law Journal
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