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Gears and God: Technocratic Fiction, Faith and Empire in Mark Twain’s America by Nathaniel Williams (review)

Gears and God: Technocratic Fiction, Faith and Empire in Mark Twain’s America by Nathaniel... zehr  Reviews 177 chic Distance’ as a Factor in Art and as an Aesthetic Principle” investigated differences between how we apprehend reality in common sense, everyday life, and practical situations and those occasions when we appreciate its aesthetic dimensions. Dueck’s essay offers interesting insights into Twain’s famous and fascinating passages wherein he describes the dissimilarities between his “reading” the river to pilot a paddle-wheeler and the beautiful scenes that the boat’s paying passengers enjoy. In his introduction Goldman writes, “this volume, of course, does not exhaust the philosophical insight of Mark Twain.” Still, he and his fourteen colleagues wrestle with a wide-range of issues. This volume makes a valu - able contribution to Twain studies and, in the bargain, to the interchange between philosophy and literature. Above all, it is a reminder, if we needed one, of our sheer pleasure when we read Twain. PATRICK K. DOOLEY St. Bonaventure University Gears and God: Technocratic Fiction, Faith and Empire in Mark Twain’s America. By Nathaniel Williams. Tuscaloosa: Univ. of Alabama Press, 2018. 206 pp. Cloth, $44.95. The notion that technological and scientific advances of the late-nineteenth century were the basis for a segment of the popular dime novels of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Literary Realism University of Illinois Press

Gears and God: Technocratic Fiction, Faith and Empire in Mark Twain’s America by Nathaniel Williams (review)

American Literary Realism , Volume 52 (2) – Dec 30, 2019

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Abstract

zehr  Reviews 177 chic Distance’ as a Factor in Art and as an Aesthetic Principle” investigated differences between how we apprehend reality in common sense, everyday life, and practical situations and those occasions when we appreciate its aesthetic dimensions. Dueck’s essay offers interesting insights into Twain’s famous and fascinating passages wherein he describes the dissimilarities between his “reading” the river to pilot a paddle-wheeler and the beautiful scenes that the boat’s paying passengers enjoy. In his introduction Goldman writes, “this volume, of course, does not exhaust the philosophical insight of Mark Twain.” Still, he and his fourteen colleagues wrestle with a wide-range of issues. This volume makes a valu - able contribution to Twain studies and, in the bargain, to the interchange between philosophy and literature. Above all, it is a reminder, if we needed one, of our sheer pleasure when we read Twain. PATRICK K. DOOLEY St. Bonaventure University Gears and God: Technocratic Fiction, Faith and Empire in Mark Twain’s America. By Nathaniel Williams. Tuscaloosa: Univ. of Alabama Press, 2018. 206 pp. Cloth, $44.95. The notion that technological and scientific advances of the late-nineteenth century were the basis for a segment of the popular dime novels of

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American Literary RealismUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Dec 30, 2019

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