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Title:Clearing out: Escape genres and American culture, 1880-1915
Author(s):Wagner, Vivian Audrey
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Parker, Robert D.
Department / Program:American Studies
Literature, American
Discipline:American Studies
Literature, American
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):American Studies
Literature, American
Abstract:Imaginary worlds proliferated in turn-of-the-century American literature and culture, including the White City at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Boston in 2000, Mars, Oz, and the West. Focusing on utopian, fantasy, and western writings, this project theorizes the white middle-class desire both to domesticate and to escape that inspired the creation of these phantasmic tourist destinations; the worlds created by these genres dialectically engage discourses of sentimental domesticity on the one hand, and discourses of authoritarian imperialism on the other. Although critics usually examine such genres as separate cultural formations, I argue in this project that turn-of-the-century utopias, fantasy novels, and westerns inform and define each other, imagining an escape from what their often white middle-class writers perceived as an increasingly urban and chaotic American democracy.
Issue Date:1996
Rights Information:Copyright 1996 Wagner, Vivian Audrey
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9712473
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9712473

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