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Symbolic Interactions: Social Problems and Literary Interventions in the Works of Baillie, Scott, and Landor (Hardback)

Regina Hewitt

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ISBN 10: 1611482496 / ISBN 13: 9781611482492
Edité par Bucknell University Press, United States, 2006
Neuf(s) Etat : New Hardback
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Language: English . Brand New Book. Taking literally Joanna Baillie s claim that drama can promote social justice, the study explores how plays by Baillie, novels by Walter Scott, and Imaginary Conversations by Walter Savage Landor address problems of capital punishment, poverty, and political participation. Baillie s and Scott s preoccupation with affective responses to criminals and beggars takes on new significance when situated next to nationalist efforts to use legal differences to promulgate an image of Scotland as a more compassionate society than England and when contrasted with Landor s confidence in political claims-making to meet social needs. The study enlists analogies between the symbolic interaction prompted by the selected writers and the concepts of symbolic interaction still evolving from the sociology of Jane Addams, George Herbert Mead, and subsequent practitioners to recover a belief in the social efficacy of literature that was accepted during the pre-disciplinary Romantic era but contested throughout much of the twentieth century. The study advocates the renewal of literary interventionism in our post-disciplinary age. N° de réf. du libraire ANB9781611482492

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Titre : Symbolic Interactions: Social Problems and ...

Éditeur : Bucknell University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2006

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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Taking literally Joanna Baillie's claim that drama can promote social justice, the study explores how plays by Baillie, novels by Walter Scott, and Imaginary Conversations by Walter Savage Landor address problems of capital punishment, poverty, and political participation. Baillie's and Scott's preoccupation with affective responses to criminals and beggars takes on new significance when situated next to nationalist efforts to use legal differences to promulgate an image of Scotland as a more compassionate society than England and when contrasted with Landor's confidence in political claims-making to meet social needs. The study enlists analogies between the 'symbolic interaction' prompted by the selected writers and the concepts of 'symbolic interaction' still evolving from the sociology of Jane Addams, George Herbert Mead, and subsequent practitioners to recover a belief in the social efficacy of literature that was accepted during the pre-disciplinary Romantic era but contested throughout much of the twentieth century. The study advocates the renewal of literary interventionism in our post-disciplinary age.

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'Hewitt [...] is a subtle reader of texts and brings in a branch of social science [...] that most people trained in English studies do not know very well' -- Michael Scrivener, Wayne State University The Wordsworth Circle 'The commentary on Landor's Imaginary Conversations, along with her readings of several works of Baillie...and the three major Scott novels...are imaginative and richly contextualized by discussions of the criminal law, the poor laws, the dissolution of community, and the value/limits of political contention. All in all, Symbolic Interactions contributes not only to our reading of its primary subjects, but to our appreciation of the potential of approaches we've only begun to consider.' -- Bruce Beiderwell, University of California, Los Angeles Sir, Vol.47, Winter 2008

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