Accident Society: Fiction, Collectivity, and the Production by Jason Puskar

By Jason Puskar

This publication argues that language and literature actively produced likelihood within the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries via categorizing accidents and losses as blameless of layout. car collisions and occupational accidents turned "car injuries" and "industrial accidents." throughout the post-Civil battle interval of racial, ethnic, and class-based hostility, probability was once an summary enemy opposed to which society may possibly unite. via generating probability, novels through William Dean Howells, Stephen Crane, Anna Katharine eco-friendly, Edith Wharton, Theodore Dreiser, and James Cain documented and helped identify new modes of collective interdependence. likelihood here's attached now not with the aggressive individualism of the Gilded Age, yet with very important revolutionary and social democratic reforms, together with advancements in coverage, which had lengthy hired coincidence narratives to form its personal "mutual society." Accident Society unearths the level to which American collectivity has depended—and maintains to depend—on the literary construction of chance.

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