Creating Realities

Business as a Motif in American Fiction, 1865–1929

Erhan Şimşek

Transcript-Verlag

Creating Realities

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Pub Date: August 2019

ISBN: 9783837647990

256 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $60.00

Creating Realities

Business as a Motif in American Fiction, 1865–1929

Erhan Şimşek

Transcript-Verlag

Business is woven into the very fabric of American life yet rarely surfaces in the nation's literary history. Even in novels about business, it proves an elusive motif that fails to mirror actual business organizations. This book argues that literary representations of business remain ineffable because business serves potential aesthetic functions, subtly yet meaningfully impacting readers. Exploring the complex representation of business in realist, naturalist, and modernist works, Erhan Şimşek reveals these functions by analyzing how the motif intertwines with social developments, literary movements, and author biographies. He thus illuminates the motif itself while highlighting the utility of a focus on the changing functions of literature.

About the Author

Erhan Şimşek teaches at Bielefeld University. His research interests include American literature, literary theory, and composition studies.