Symbolic Interactions: Social Problems and Literary Interventions in the Works of Baillie, Scott, and Landor

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Bucknell University Press, 2006 - 280 páginas
Taking literally Joanna Baillie's claim that drama can promote social justice, Symbolic Interactions explores how plays by Baillie, novels by Walter Scott, and Imaginary Conversations by Walter Savage Landor address problems of capital punishment, poverty, and political participation. Baillie's and Scott's preoccupation with affective responses to criminals and beggars takes on new significance when situated next to nationalist efforts to use legal differences to promulgate an image of Scotland as a more compassionate society than England and when contrasted with Landor's confidence in political claims-making to meet social needs.
 

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Preface
7
Acknowledgments
13
Introduction Conceptualizing Symbolic Interaction
17
The Problem of Criminal Justice
48
Baillies Interventions
77
The Problem of Poverty
104
Impoverished Social Relations
125
Landor and the Solution of Political Contention
148
Baillie Scott and the Problem of Political Contention
171
The Problem of Disciplmarity
197
Notes
217
Bibliography
261
Index
275
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Regina Hewitt is Professor of English at the University of South Florida.

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