Includes bibliographical references (p. -176) and index.
The real, the self, and commodity culture, 1880-1930 -- Whitman's natural history : specimen days and the culture of authenticity -- "I couldn't see no profit in it" : discourses of commoditization and authenticity in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn -- Connoisseurs and counterfeits : Edith Wharton's The house of mirth -- Dressing to kill : desire, race, and authenticity in Nella Larsen's Passing -- A world of wonders : collecting and the authentic self in The great Gatsby.
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