Together by Accident

Together by Accident

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This fascinating account of the regional travel accident motif within American local color literature offers a reassessment of the cultural work done by authors writing during the Gilded Age. Stephanie C. Palmer shows how events like broken carriage wheels and missed trains were used by local color authors to bring together bourgeois and lower-class characters, thus giving readers the opportunity to see modernity coming into contact with both rural and urban life. Using the works of Sarah Orne Jewett, Bret Harte, William Dean Howells, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, and others, Palmer traces the use of the regional travel accident motif and how local color writers employed it to give critiques on class, society, and modern life. Exploring the themes of regional identity, modernity, and interpersonal relationships, Together by Accident offers an intriguing evaluation of the innovations and inconveniences associated with life during the industrializing Gilded Age in America.Morris, Timothy. a€œProfessional Ethics and Professional Erotics in Elizabeth Stuart Phelpsa#39; Doctor Zay.a€ Studies in American Fiction 21, no. 2 (Autumn 1993): 141a€” 52. a€œMotif.a€ A Handbook to Literature. Ed. C. Hugh Holman and William Holman.

Title:Together by Accident
Author: Stephanie C. Palmer
Publisher:Lexington Books - 2008-12-16

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