The Gold Standard and the Logic of Naturalism: American Literature at the Turn of the Century

The Gold Standard and the Logic of Naturalism: American Literature at the Turn of the Century

The Gold Standard and the Logic of Naturalism: American Literature at the Turn of the Century

The Gold Standard and the Logic of Naturalism: American Literature at the Turn of the Century

Synopsis

The Gold Standard and the Logic of Naturalism discusses ways of creating value in turn-of-the-century American capitalism. Focusing on such topics as the alienation of property, the invention of masochism, and the battle over free silver, it examines the participation of cultural forms in these phenomena. It imagines a literary history that must at the same time be social, economic, and legal; and it imagines a literature that, to be understood at all, must be understood both as a producer and a product of market capitalism.

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Where Nature hath in store
Fowle, Venison and Fish,
And the Fruitfull’st Soyle,
Without your Toyle,
Three Harvests more,
All greater than you wish
.

Michael Drayton,
To the Virginian Voyage”

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