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Published: 13 February 2019

240 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780198831693

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Not Quite Hope and Other Political Emotions in the Gilded Age

Nathan Wolff

Oxford Studies in American Literary History

  • Sheds new light on the relationship between politics and literature in the US Gilded Age and studies the work of Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Adams, and Helen Hunt Jackson
  • Argues for a shift in scale from those dramatic emotions we associate with reform literature to a more diffuse, often negative, set of feelings that structure citizens' relation to the political as such
  • Offers new perspectives on the Gilded Age's major debates, including Free Love feminism, civil service reform, and 'assimilation era' American Indian policy
  • Presents frameworks for analyzing the relation, rather than the opposition, between reason and emotion in political contexts, in particular via the affective tenor of late-nineteenth-century bureaucratic discourse
  • Provides a nineteenth-century prehistory of today's emotional politics: the exhaustion of the 24-hour news cycle, the resentment that attends widening economic disparity, and the divisive acrimony of political discourse