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The Sentimental Touch: The Language of Feeling in the Age of Managerialism

Aaron Ritzenberg


The Sentimental Touch investigates emotion in American literature during a period in which American culture became more and more impersonal. Between 1850 and 1940, with the rise of managerial capitalism in the United States, the most powerful businesses were no longer family-owned, but became sprawling organizations controlled by complex bureaucracies. Rapid changes in the economy transformed U.S. culture: capitalism emerged as a massive ruling order whose hierarchical structures outlasted any human, and Americans became increasingly atomized and alienated. Sentimental literature—work written ... More

Keywords: American literature, Anderson, Sherwood, capitalism, emotion, manager, sentimentalism, Stowe, Harriet Beecher, touch, Twain, Mark, West, Nathanael

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780823245529
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823245529.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aaron Ritzenberg, author
Columbia University