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by Jane Tompkins

  • Author: Jane Tompkins
  • ISBN: 0195041194
  • ISBN13: 978-0195041194
  • ePub: 1897 kb | FB2: 1328 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: History & Criticism
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (May 29, 1986)
  • Pages: 256
  • Rating: 4.9/5
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Sensational Designs: The Cultural Work of American Fiction, 1790-1860 ePub download

Jane Tompkins' Sensational Design has had a revolutionary impact on the study and our understanding of "literature" and is also important to our understanding of 19th Century literature and women's studies as well.

Jane Tompkins' Sensational Design has had a revolutionary impact on the study and our understanding of "literature" and is also important to our understanding of 19th Century literature and women's studies as well. It is also nicely put together, clear, incisive, and provides the joy that comes from reading a book that explains things right that have been either explained wrong forever, or never explained before.

Home Browse Books Book details, Sensational Designs: The Cultural Work o. .Sensational Designs: The Cultural Work of American Fiction, 1790-1860. In this provocative book, Jane Tompkins seeks to move the study of literature away from the small group of critically approved texts that have dominated literary discussion over the decades, to allow inclusion of texts ignored or denigrated by the literary academy. Sensational Designschallenges comfortable assumptions about what makes a literary work a "classic.

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Tompkins, Jane P. Publication date. Books for People with Print Disabilities. American fiction - 19th century - History and criticism, American fiction - 18th century - History and criticism, Social problems in literature, Literature and society - United States. New York : Oxford University Press. Internet Archive Books.

Jane Tompkins (born 1940) is an American literary scholar who has worked on canon formation, feminist literary criticism, and reader response criticism. She has also coined and developed the notion of cultural work in literary studies and contributed to the new historicist form of literary criticism that emerged in the 1980s. She earned her PhD at Yale in 1966 and subsequently taught at Temple University, Duke University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

In Sensational Designs Jane Tompkins argues that it is not the intrinsic merit of a text, but rather the circumstances of it.

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This challenging book works towards a redefinition of literature and literary study. No current Talk conversations about this book. This was a very important book when it came out in the 1980s. It is now quite dated however and it is more obvious than ever how weakly reasoned much of it is.

What makes a literary classic? In "Sensational Designs" Jane Tompkins argues that it is not the intrinsic merit of a text, but rather the circumstances of its writing. Against the modernist belief that art, in order to be art, must be free from propaganda, Tompkins contends that writers like Brockden Brown, Cooper, Stowe, and Warner wrote in order to alter the face of the social world, not to elicit aesthetic appreciation.Thus, the value and significance of the novels, for readers of their time, depended on precisely those characteristics that formalist criticism has taught us to deplore: stereotyped characters, sensational plots, and cliched language.
Seevinev
This book is amazing! Tompkins questions how literary canons are formed and walks us through why we favor certain authors over others. Thus, she helps us rethink why we read Hawthorne, for example, instead of authors who were more popular in those days but have disappeared from reading lists today. She makes a compelling argument about the validity of studying certain kinds of narratives that we tend to dismiss today, such as domestic narratives.
Larosa
Jane Tompkins' Sensational Design has had a revolutionary impact on the study and our understanding of "literature" and is also important to our understanding of 19th Century literature and women's studies as well. It is also nicely put together, clear, incisive, and provides the joy that comes from reading a book that explains things right that have been either explained wrong forever, or never explained before.

Literature and canon are artifical categories constructed after the fact usually under the impact of political, sexual, and social dominance, not necessarily literary achievement, whatever that is, and not at all readership. Tompkins explodes the idea of the American Literary Renaissance by pointing out that Sentimental Women Writers like Susan Warner and Harriet Beecher Stowe were selling hundreds of thousands of copies of their books, while Hawthrone never sold more than a few thousand coies of anything. Even with Hawthrone she explains how the different attitudes of readership and thought made the Marble Faun, a work much neglected and unread, be considered as his most important work in his time. She also does mention how history might not have been as kind to Hawthrone's place in literature had he not married his children into families that controled the Atlantic Monthly and what would become the Harvard Literature department.

More importantly, Tompkins unravels the mechanisms of the Sentimental novel such as Warner's The Wide Wide World and Stowe's immortal Uncle Tom. Tompkins explains how the text's purpose was the create "sympathy" seen in the physical form of tears, and how much of their approach corresponded with the notions of reality comment among its readership.

This work belongs on the shelf of anyone who seeks a serious knowledge of American literature and of 19th Century Culture. Moreover, the insights she provides on Uncle Tom make this book a must for people interested in the storm of literary discourse the book provoked among African American writers on one side and pro-slavery writers on the other.
Ber
This is one of the books that started the new-historical feminist reinterpretation of books that suffer as "bestsellers" and "pulp" (often women's literature) as history (and a group of "insiders") decide what books go on to become "classics" and which do not. Tompkins reveals the historical and socio-political factors that affected Nathaniel Hawthorne's "classic" status and shows us why other authors, including Harriet Beecher Stowe and Susan Warner, slipped into relative obscurity and/or disfavor following their popularity during their lifetimes. She does not dispute the richness of Hawthorne's writing, rather points out that the "canon" changes over time, and the books that fall in or out are subject to individual and political pressures. For anyone who ever wondered "why aren't there more books by "women/minorities/--- fill in blank" in the canon, this book is AN explanation. Maybe not the only one-- but a good explanation in very accessible language.
Dordred
The classic Sensational Designs is the best written of those books which led the challenge to the hegemony of the literary canon. Tompkins' arguments are clear and persuasive, not bogged down with a surfeit of theoretical clutter.
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