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The Resource Around quitting time : work and middle-class fantasy in American fiction, Robert Seguin

Around quitting time : work and middle-class fantasy in American fiction, Robert Seguin

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Around quitting time : work and middle-class fantasy in American fiction
Title
Around quitting time
Title remainder
work and middle-class fantasy in American fiction
Statement of responsibility
Robert Seguin
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Virtually since its inception, the United States has nurtured a dreamlike and often delirious image of itself as an essentially classless society. Given the stark levels of social inequality that have actually existed and that continue today, what sustains this at once hopelessly ideological and breathlessly utopian mirage? In Around Quitting Time Robert Seguin investigates this question, focusing on a series of modern writers who were acutely sensitive to the American web of ideology and utopic vision in order to argue that a pervasive middle-class imaginary is the key to the enigma of class in America." "Tracing connections between the reconstruction of the labor process and the aesthetic dilemmas of modernism, between the emergence of the modern state and the structure of narrative, Seguin analyzes the work of Nathanael West, Ernest Hemingway, Willa Cather, John Barth, and others. These fictional narratives serve to demonstrate for Seguin the pattern of social sites and cultural phenomena that have emerged where work and leisure, production and consumption, and activity and passivity coincide. He reveals how, by creating pathways between these seemingly opposed domains, the middle-class imaginary at once captures and suspends the dynamics of social class and opens out onto a political and cultural terrain where class is both omnipresent and invisible. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET
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DLC
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1963-
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Seguin, Robert
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
New Americanists
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  • American fiction
  • Middle class in literature
  • Literature and society
  • Class consciousness in literature
  • Working class in literature
  • Social change in literature
  • Fantasy in literature
  • Work in literature
  • United States
Label
Around quitting time : work and middle-class fantasy in American fiction, Robert Seguin
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [189]-200) and index
Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1.
  • Class, Middle Class, and the Modalities of Labor.
  • p. 1
  • 2.
  • Burden of Toil: Sister Carrie as Urban Pastoral.
  • p. 19
  • 3.
  • Willa Cather and the Ambivalence of Hierarchy.
  • p. 57
  • 4.
  • New Frontiers in Hollywood: Mobility and Desire in The Day of the Locust.
  • p. 83
  • 5.
  • Into the 1950s: Fiction in the Age of Consensus.
  • p. 121
  • Postscript: The Insistence of Class and the Framing of Culture in the American Scene.
  • p. 153
  • Notes.
  • p. 167
  • Bibliography.
  • p. 189
  • Index.
  • p. 201
Control code
13794361
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
210 p.
Isbn
9780822326700
Lccn
00046257
Label
Around quitting time : work and middle-class fantasy in American fiction, Robert Seguin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [189]-200) and index
Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1.
  • Class, Middle Class, and the Modalities of Labor.
  • p. 1
  • 2.
  • Burden of Toil: Sister Carrie as Urban Pastoral.
  • p. 19
  • 3.
  • Willa Cather and the Ambivalence of Hierarchy.
  • p. 57
  • 4.
  • New Frontiers in Hollywood: Mobility and Desire in The Day of the Locust.
  • p. 83
  • 5.
  • Into the 1950s: Fiction in the Age of Consensus.
  • p. 121
  • Postscript: The Insistence of Class and the Framing of Culture in the American Scene.
  • p. 153
  • Notes.
  • p. 167
  • Bibliography.
  • p. 189
  • Index.
  • p. 201
Control code
13794361
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
210 p.
Isbn
9780822326700
Lccn
00046257

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