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Title:Wilderness and Wall Street: Privilege, Community, and Restraint in Literature of the New York Frontier
Author(s):D'Errico, Jon Mark
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Parker, Robert Dale
Department / Program:English
Discipline:English
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):American Studies
Abstract:In the American Studies tradition, the frontier has long been equated with unfettered individualism---imagined in symbolic opposition to the restraint on individual action required by community. The current study reconsiders the role of literature in promoting frontier individualism at the expense of frontier community. I argue that the early-industrial trial preference for frontier individualism masks an older commitment to community building, that the tension between community and individualism carries a strong class component, and that the dominant nineteenth-century aesthetic response to the frontier promotes the agenda of economic elitism.
Issue Date:2000
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:264 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/81511
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9971060
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2000


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