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By Mary Esteve

Mary Esteve presents a learn of crowd representations in American literature from the antebellum period to the early 20th century. As a primary icon of political and cultural democracy, the group occupies a sought after position within the American literary and cultural panorama. Esteve examines a number writing by way of Poe, Hawthorne, Lydia Maria baby, Du Bois, James, and Stephen Crane between others. those writers, she argues, distinguish among the aesthetics of immersion in a crowd and the mode of collectivity demanded of political-liberal matters. of their representations of daily crowds, starting from streams of city pedestrians to swarms of educate visitors, from upper-class events to lower-class revivalist conferences, such authors grab at the political difficulties dealing with a mass liberal democracy - difficulties comparable to the conditions of citizenship, country formation, mass immigration and the emergence of mass media. Esteve examines either the classy and political meanings of such city crowd scenes.

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