By Jason Puskar
Read or Download Accident Society: Fiction, Collectivity, and the Production of Chance PDF
Similar regional & cultural books
Fakery, authenticity, and id in American literature and tradition on the flip of the twentieth century concentrating on texts written among 1880 and 1930, Mary McAleer Balkun explores the concept that of the “counterfeit,” either when it comes to fabric items and invented identities, and the ways in which the purchase of gadgets got here to outline members in American tradition and literature.
This can be the 1st booklet to investigate our suburban literary culture. Tracing the suburb's emergence as an important surroundings and topic of the twentieth-century American novel, Catherine Jurca identifies a decidedly masculine obsession with the suburban domestic and a preoccupation with its alternative--the event of non secular and emotional dislocation that she phrases "homelessness.
What makes John Rechy a Chicano author? To be Latino, needs to writing have a marginally of "magical realism"? Can one speak of U. S. Latina/o id, contemplating the range of the Latina/o adventure? during the research of 9 fresh Latino/a novels, Karen Christian solutions those and different questions, thereby including a clean, daring voice to the anti-essentialist debate surrounding ethnic and gender identification.
Because the international has been reshaped because the Nineteen Seventies via financial globalization, neoliberalism, and financialization, writers and artists have addressed the matter of representing the financial system with a brand new experience of political urgency. Anxieties over who controls capitalism have therefore been translated into calls for upon literature, artwork, and mass media to strengthen suggestions of illustration which can account for capitalism’s energy.
- Miles of Stare: Transcendentalism and the Problem of Literary Vision in Nineteenth-Century America
- The Fictions of John Fowles: Power, Creativity, Femininity
- Accident Society: Fiction, Collectivity, and the Production of Chance
- The Grand Canyon Reader
- Words Matter: Conversations With Asian American Writers (Intersections, Asian and Pacific American Transcultural Studies)
- Writing Pynchon: Strategies in Fictional Analysis
Extra info for Accident Society: Fiction, Collectivity, and the Production of Chance
Bearing the imprint of Hartford, Connecticut, soon to be the insurance capital of the East, the illustration issued from the firm of Kellogg and Bulkeley, the president of which, William Henry Bulkeley, was the son of the first president of Hartford’s Aetna Life Insurance Company, Eliphalet Adams Bulkeley. Even as the illustration’s caption reminds readers about the practical need for prudence, it also reminds them about the practical need for insurance, given that fires cannot be eliminated entirely.
In a great deal of nineteenth-century fiction, chance functions as the invisible hand of the deity. Even though Charles Dickens’s outrageous social coincidences may reflect the unpredictability of modern The Insurance of the Real social systems, they also have centripetal and integrative tendencies that suggest higher levels of design. When, in Oliver Twist (1861), the orphan’s benefactor turns out to be closely connected to his lost relatives, the reunion of families and friends acts as a thematic counterpart to the formal integration of multiple plots, which the novel’s conclusion braids together.
In the throes of such internal conflict, it seems most likely that the kinds of accidents Williams describes would provoke an ambivalent sense of both guilt and innocence, power and powerlessness. Indeed, the intolerability of either extreme—guilt or powerlessness—structures the special cruelty of the choice. Agent-regret, then, is perhaps best seen as an active oscillation between two irreconcilable alternatives, at least as they register within the values system of modern liberal society. The point worth emphasizing, however, is that under the conditions of urban and industrial modernity, there were likely far more occasions for agent-regret than ever before and, certainly, more than there The Insurance of the Real had been in smaller social systems and in less complexly built environments.