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Hamlin Garland's Vertical Vision

Andrew Lawson

in Downwardly Mobile

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199828050
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933334 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199828050.003.0006
Hamlin Garland's Vertical Vision

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This chapter examines Hamlin Garland’s contradictory class identity, showing how his residual attachment to the small farmers of his Iowa and North Dakota childhood was matched by an identification with the cultural values and economic aspirations of the Boston elite. It explores Garland’s ambivalent stance towards Populism, whose collectivist politics were finally inimical to the ideology of individualism he found represented by the single-tax policy of Henry George, and the impressionist aesthetic he developed in his story collection, Main-Travelled Roads (1891). The chapter shows how Garland’s stories dramatize an irreducible internal conflict between communal solidarities and individual self-expression.

Keywords: populism; collective action; individualism; iowa; boston

Chapter.  8012 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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