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The Resource Dreams for dead bodies : blackness, labor, and the corpus of American detective fiction, Miriam Michelle Robinson

Dreams for dead bodies : blackness, labor, and the corpus of American detective fiction, Miriam Michelle Robinson

Label
Dreams for dead bodies : blackness, labor, and the corpus of American detective fiction
Title
Dreams for dead bodies
Title remainder
blackness, labor, and the corpus of American detective fiction
Statement of responsibility
Miriam Michelle Robinson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Dreams for Dead Bodies: Blackness, Labor, and the Corpus of American Detective Fiction offers new arguments about the origins of detective fiction in the United States, tracing the lineage of the genre back to unexpected texts and uncovering how authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Pauline Hopkins, and Rudolph Fisher made use of the genre's puzzle-elements to explore the shifting dynamics of race and labor in America. The author constructs an interracial genealogy of detective fiction to create a nuanced picture of the ways that black and white authors appropriated and cultivated literary conventions that coalesced in a recognizable genre at the turn of the twentieth century. These authors tinkered with detective fiction's puzzle-elements to address a variety of historical contexts, including the exigencies of chattel slavery, the erosion of working-class solidarities by racial and ethnic competition, and accelerated mass production. Dreams for Dead Bodies demonstrates that nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature was broadly engaged with detective fiction, and that authors rehearsed and refined its formal elements in literary works typically relegated to the margins of the genre. By looking at these margins, the book argues, we can better understand the origins and cultural functions of American detective fiction
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Action
digitized
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1979-
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Robinson, Michelle
Dewey number
813/.087209
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Class : culture
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  • Detective and mystery stories, American
  • African Americans in literature
  • Working class in literature
  • Slavery in literature
  • Work in literature
Label
Dreams for dead bodies : blackness, labor, and the corpus of American detective fiction, Miriam Michelle Robinson
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Publication
Copyright
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Control code
ocn937392253
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780472121816
Level of compression
unknown
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)937392253
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Dreams for dead bodies : blackness, labor, and the corpus of American detective fiction, Miriam Michelle Robinson
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Control code
ocn937392253
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780472121816
Level of compression
unknown
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)937392253
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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