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Laboring to Play

Home Entertainment and the Spectacle of Middle-Class Cultural Life, 1850-1920

Laboring to Play( )
Author: Dawson, Melanie
ISBN:978-0-8173-8733-4
Publication Date:Jan 2013
Publisher:University of Alabama Press
Book Format:Ebook
List Price:USD $37.43
Book Description:

A compelling analysis of how "middling" Americans entertained themselves and how these entertainments changed over time. The changing styles of middle-class home entertainments, Melanie Dawson argues, point to evolving ideas of class identity in U.S. culture. Drawing from 19th- and early-20th-century fiction, guidebooks on leisure, newspaper columns, and a polemical examination of class structures, Laboring to Play interrogates the ways that leisure...
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