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The Material Unconscious

American Amusement, Stephen Crane, and the Economics of Play

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$50.00 • £40.95 • €45.00

ISBN 9780674553811

Publication Date: 02/01/1997

Short

384 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

40 halftones

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Brown offers not only breathtaking readings of individual works but an argument that Crane’s modernism derives precisely from the penetration into his corpus of the objects of mass culture. The result is not only a splendid book on Crane, but a powerful reinterpretation of turn-of-the-century American culture and politics.—Michael Rogin, University of California, Berkeley

In trying to rethink the relations between material, intellectual and literary history, Bill Brown has produced an adventurously researched and especially rich cultural diagnosis of [Stephen] Crane’s America. His diagnosis understands that history’s most effective force in literature is to linger on obliquely in ghostly form, pleading its case with some shyness from that hollow place which echoes material life. We know it by its ephemeral shadow.—Ian F. A. Bell, American Studies [UK]

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