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Author Goodman, Nan, 1957-

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

Published Princeton, N.J. ; Chichester : Princeton University Press, [1998]


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 UniM Bail  810.9355 GOOD    AVAILABLE
Physical description xi, 198 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes Includes index.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [171]-191) and index.
Contents Ch. 1. Introduction -- Ch. 2. A Clear Showing: The Problem of Fault in James Fenimore Cooper's The Pioneers -- Ch. 3. Negligence before the Mast: Ship Collisions and the Nautical Literature of the Mid-Nineteenth Century -- Ch. 4. "Nobody to Blame": Steamboat Accidents and Responsibility in Twain -- Ch. 5. The Law of the Good Samaritan: Cross-Racial Rescue in Stephen Crane and Charles Chesnutt -- Ch. 6. Stop, Look, and Listen: The Signs and Signals of the Railroad Accident -- Ch. 7. Epilogue.
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.
Subject American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Accidents in literature.
Accident law -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Legal stories, American -- History and criticism.
Law and literature -- History -- 19th century.
Negligence in literature.
Responsibility in literature.
Blame in literature.
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