California and the Fictions of Capital - Commonwealth Center Studies in American Culture (Hardback)George L. Henderson (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 294
Weight: 581 g
Dimensions: 242 x 164 x 25 mm
Henderson reads with an eye as sharp as any I have seen, turning his subjects every which way. He is at his best in a series of chapters in the second part that pair key events in the history of the California landscape with novels on the same subjects. His interweaving of the real estate bonanza that transformed southern California in the 1880s with a number of obscure "boom novels" brings energy tot the subject of western land speculation. * The Journal of American History, September 2000 *
an excellent book which tries to do something quite imaginative. Understanding how novels written about California at this time not only reflected what was going on in terms of the material capitalist transformation of the rural landscape but, also, how they played into the very discourses about nature, capitalism, gender, and race which were themselves shaping these material transformations is a lofty goal, one which Henderson tackles deftly. * Andrew Herod, Environment and Planning *
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