Acknowledgments ixINTRODUCTION: Class, Classification, and Conflict 1
CHAPTER I: Home, in the Better Sense: The Model Woman, the Middle Class, and the Harmony of Interests 14
CHAPTER II: Orphaned in America: Color, Class, and Community 42
CHAPTER III: Indexical People: Women, Workers, and the Limits of Literary Language 69
CHAPTER IV: Beginning Again: Love, Money, and a Circle of "Friends" 99
The Syntax of Class explores the literary expression of the crisis of social classification that occupied U.S. public discourse in the wake of the European revolutions of 1848. Lacking a native language for expressing class differences, American writers struggled to find social taxonomies able to capture--and manage--increasingly apparent inequalities of wealth and power.