Not Quite Hope and Other Political Emotions in the Gilded Age - Oxford Studies in American Literary History (Hardback)Nathan Wolff (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 518 g
Dimensions: 242 x 164 x 22 mm
What better time than now to encounter a book that contends so scrupulously with "an aversive attachment to politics" in the American grain? With great theoretical agility - and through acute and vividly counterintuitive readings of post-bellum figures like Twain, Stowe, DuBois, and Helen Hunt Jackson - Nathan Wolff expands our conceptual vocabulary for thinking about political emotion, tuning us to affects that do not parse especially easily in the familiar grammars of sentimentality but that are not, his readings show, quite so "anti-democratic" as our histories of Gilded Age fiction have led us to believe. Not Quite Hope is an exemplary work of literary historicism, affect theory, and political imagination. * Peter Coviello, Professor of English, University of Illinois-Chicago *
What does democracy feel like? Nathan Wolff's superb study lays bare the complex ambivalences of political emotion during America's first Gilded Age, a period with revealing correspondences to our own. Probing a diffuse set of "almost-always-negative feelings" that surrounded political activity during this anxious era - agitation, madness, repulsion, depression, suspicion, cynicism, and exhaustion - Not Quite Hope shows convincingly how the postbellum political novel yearned to engage with institutional democracy even as it recoiled from it. An essential book for understanding political affect both then and now. * William Gleason, Hughes-Rogers Professor of English and American Studies, Princeton University *
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