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The American Counterfeit: Authenticity and…

The American Counterfeit: Authenticity and Identity in American Literature…

by Mary McAleer Balkun

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This is a must read to any American Lit lover/researcher. Dr. Balkun is currently teaching at Seton Hall University and I had many of the same interests as her so I ended up taking as many of her classes as I could manage. She approaches this topic with solid research and plenty of passion. What I love about this book?: Balkun brings new light to what authenticity means in American lit, and, in American culture. For me, this is just a reminder that literature is not a static art, but about the world around us.

DISCLAIMER: My favorite college prof. wrote this book, so turn back now because my opinion is biased. Sorry. Figured I'd warn you, aren't I nice? If you're wondering why I read it in 05, well, I was able to work on the index of this one (which, let me tell you, is a bitch - writing an index, I mean).
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Focusing on texts written between 1880 and 1930, this book explores the concept of the 'counterfeit', both in terms of material goods and invented identities, and the ways that the acquisition of objects came to define individuals in American culture and literature.… (more)

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