Explores the literary expression of crises of social classification that occupied U.S. public discourse in the wake of the European revolutions of 1848. This book shows how, lacking a native language for expressing class differences, American writers struggled to find social taxonomies able to capture and manage inequalities of wealth and power.
Amy Schrager Lang teaches American Studies at Emory University. She is the author of Prophetic Woman: Anne Hutchinson and the Problem of Dissent in the Literature of New England .
Short-listed for Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles 2003 (United States).