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Download Mechanic Accents: Dime Novels and Working Class Culture in America (Haymarket) eBook
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185984250X
Author:
Michael Denning
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History & Criticism
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English
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Verso; 2nd, revised edition (September 17, 1998)
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272 pages
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Mechanic Accents is an ambitious attempt to examine urban working class America at a pivotal moment in its .

Denning begins by describing the economics of dime novel production - the 'culture industry' of pulp fiction - and the experiences of dime novel authors, churning out thousands of words a week on salacious and exciting themes lifted from the news of 'real life'.

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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 within the context of current debates on class and cultural studies. From inside the book.

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A study of nineteenth century American popular fiction and working class culture. Format Hardback 272 pages

A study of nineteenth century American popular fiction and working class culture. Format Hardback 272 pages. Dimensions 140 x 220mm. Publication date 01 Nov 1987. Publisher Verso Books. Publication City/Country London, United Kingdom. ISBN13 9780860911784. Other books in this series.

The dime novel is a form of late 19th-century and early 20th-century . Denning, Michael (1998). Mechanic Accents: Dime Novels and Working-class Culture in America. The term dime novel has been used as a catchall term for several different but related forms, referring to story papers, five- and ten-cent weeklies, "thick book" reprints, and sometimes early pulp magazines. The term was used as a title as late as 1940, in the short-lived pulp magazine Western Dime Novels.

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 within the context of current debates on class and cultural studies.
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Fresh and unsentimental study of popular late nineteenth century literature.
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Mechanic Accents is an ambitious attempt to examine urban working class America at a pivotal moment in its industrial transformation, through the commercial and literary lenses of the nineteenth century dime novel, or cheap serialized fiction. Denning begins by describing the economics of dime novel production -- the 'culture industry' of pulp fiction -- and the experiences of dime novel authors, churning out thousands of words a week on salacious and exciting themes lifted from the news of 'real life'. This analysis demonstrates the difficulties of capturing and understanding the audience for these novels even for the contemporary writers producing them: essentially, the only way these writers had of understanding the values and experiences of the people they were writing for was the feedback of the marketplace -- what sold. Examining the evolution of narratives and characters, not just over the course of successive serial installments or sequels, but in the recollections and re-tellings of these stories by the readers themselves, Denning is able to discern changing attitudes towards work and the emerging working class, as well as aspects of class and national socialization -- both from within the emerging working classes as well as among the capitalist middle classes.
Denning's analysis draws heavily on Marxist literary and cultural theory, and from a historiographical perspective it's a very interesting product of the tail end of the republicanist revival of the early 1980s -- but the reader doesn't need to be acquainted with this meta-history to appreciate the book! Excellent insights for anyone interested in the history of print or print culture in America, the culture of the American working classes, or the censorial campaigns of middle-class moralists in whatever era.