Journals Higher Education



Published: 29 May 1986

256 Pages

ISBN: 9780195041194

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Sensational Designs

The Cultural Work of American Fiction, 1790-1860

Jane Tompkins

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 Designs challenges comfortable assumptions about what makes a literary work a "classic."


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