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The Resource Shifting the blame : literature, law, and the theory of accidents in nineteenth-century America, Nan Goodman

Shifting the blame : literature, law, and the theory of accidents in nineteenth-century America, Nan Goodman

Label
Shifting the blame : literature, law, and the theory of accidents in nineteenth-century America
Title
Shifting the blame
Title remainder
literature, law, and the theory of accidents in nineteenth-century America
Statement of responsibility
Nan Goodman
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Drawing on legal cases, legal debates, and fiction including works by James Fenimore Cooper, Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, and Charles Chesnutt, Nan Goodman investigates changing notions of responsibility and agency in nineteenth-century America. By looking at accidents and accident law in the industrializing society, Goodman shows how courts moved away from the doctrine of strict liability to a new notion of liability that emphasized fault and negligence. Shifting the Blame reveals the pervasive impact of this radically new theory of responsibility in understandings of industrial hazards, in manufacturing dangers, and in the stories that were told and retold about accidents
  • In exciting tales of the actions of "good Samaritans" or of sea, steamboat, or railroad accidents, features of risk that might otherwise escape our attention -- such as the suddenness of impact, the encounter between strangers, and the debates over blame and responsibility -- were reconstructed in a manner that revealed both imagined and actual solutions to one of the most difficult philosophical and social conflicts in the nineteenth-century United States. Through literary and legal stories of accidents, Goodman suggests, we learn a great deal about what Americans thought about blame, injury, and individual responsibility in one of the most formative periods of our history
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1957-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Goodman, Nan
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS217.A25
LC item number
G66 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American literature
  • Accidents in literature
  • Accident law
  • Legal stories, American
  • Law and literature
  • Negligence in literature
  • Responsibility in literature
  • Blame in literature
Label
Shifting the blame : literature, law, and the theory of accidents in nineteenth-century America, Nan Goodman
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [171]-191) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • "Nobody to Blame": Steamboat Accidents and Responsibility in Twain
  • p. 65.
  • Ch. 5.
  • The
  • Law of the Good Samaritan: Cross-Racial Rescue in Stephen Crane and Charles Chesnutt
  • p. 98.
  • Ch. 6.
  • Stop, Look, and Listen: The Signs and Signals of the Railroad Accident
  • p. 133
  • Ch. 2.
  • A
  • Clear Showing: The Problem of Fault in James Fenimore Cooper's The Pioneers
  • p. 15.
  • Ch. 3.
  • Negligence before the Mast: Ship Collisions and the Nautical Literature of the Mid-Nineteenth Century
  • p. 35.
  • Ch. 4.
Control code
37870706
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 198 pages
Isbn
9780691011998
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
97044478
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Shifting the blame : literature, law, and the theory of accidents in nineteenth-century America, Nan Goodman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [171]-191) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • "Nobody to Blame": Steamboat Accidents and Responsibility in Twain
  • p. 65.
  • Ch. 5.
  • The
  • Law of the Good Samaritan: Cross-Racial Rescue in Stephen Crane and Charles Chesnutt
  • p. 98.
  • Ch. 6.
  • Stop, Look, and Listen: The Signs and Signals of the Railroad Accident
  • p. 133
  • Ch. 2.
  • A
  • Clear Showing: The Problem of Fault in James Fenimore Cooper's The Pioneers
  • p. 15.
  • Ch. 3.
  • Negligence before the Mast: Ship Collisions and the Nautical Literature of the Mid-Nineteenth Century
  • p. 35.
  • Ch. 4.
Control code
37870706
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 198 pages
Isbn
9780691011998
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
97044478
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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