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The Confidence Game in American Literature

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Drawing on modern studies of rhetoric and the concept of the Trickster, the author examines Herman Melville, Mark Twain, and Nathanael West as creators of a fictive experience centered in deceptive or problematic transactions of confidence. The model of a confidence game, suggested by the writers' own thematic preoccupations, permits an analysis of the social motivations inherent in the fiction. The author concentrates on the process by which confidence is established and the ways in which deception leads to regeneration ...

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The Confidence Game in American Literature
2016, Princeton University Press, New Jersey

ISBN-13: 9780691644813

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The Confidence Game in American Literature
2015, Princeton University Press, New Jersey

ISBN-13: 9780691617718

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The Confidence Game in American Literature
1975, Princeton University Press, Princeton

ISBN-13: 9780691062945

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