Studies in American Naturalism vol. 11, no. 1 the Edith Wharton Review. She is currently working on a comparative study between late Nineteenth-Century Greek and American interpretations of French literary naturalism. American Literature, Lynching, and the Spectator in the Crowd: Spectacular Violence, by Debbie Lelekis. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2015. x + 116 pp. Cloth, $70.00; Ebook, $69.99. maria seger In an era that has witnessed increased public attention to mass incarceration, police brutality, and state-sanctioned violence through such movements as Black Lives Matter, it is no wonder that American literature scholars have taken a renewed interest in investigating the nation's history of racial violence and justice. In American Literature, Lynching, and the Spectator in the Crowd: Spectacular Violence, Debbie Lelekis explores how the spectator figure functions to "expose the central tension of American democracy," the delicate balance between individual and collective rights (3). In doing so, she engages the rise of professional journalism, focusing on the reporter character as spectator and the role of the reporter-novelist. Through analyses of realist texts, including canonical and lesser-known short stories and poetry published in the first two decades of the twentieth century, Lelekis demonstrates how American literature commented on the power
Studies in American Naturalism – University of Nebraska Press
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