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Mechanic Accents: Dime Novels and Working-Class Culture in America

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Mechanic Accents is a widely acclaimed study of American popular fiction and working-class culture. Combining Marxist literary theory with American labor history, Michael Denning explores what happened when, in the nineteenth century, working people began to read cheap novels and the “fiction question” became a class question. In a new afterword, Denning locates his study ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 17th 1998 by Verso (first published 1987)
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Oct 11, 2015 Daniel Silliman rated it really liked it
A really useful book for thinking about how to do cultural history with fiction. Worth reading for the afterward alone ... and there's also a great cultural history, here, about popular, working class reading in 19th c. America.
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Dated, to be sure, but some useful discussions.
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Michael Denning is an American cultural historian and William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of American Studies at Yale University. His work has been influential in shaping the field of American Studies by importing and interpreting the work of British Cultural Studies theorists. Although he received his Ph. D. from Yale University and studied with Fredric Jameson, perhaps the greatest influence on his ...more
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