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'The way our people came': citizenship, capitalism, and racial difference in The Valley of the Moon

Gair, C. (1993) 'The way our people came': citizenship, capitalism, and racial difference in The Valley of the Moon. Studies in the Novel, 25 (4). pp. 418-437. ISSN 0039-3827

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Abstract

Jack London's 'The Valley of the Moon,' does not offer a legitimate alternative to a capitalist and consumerist society. Unlike London's other novels such as 'Burning Daylight' and 'Martin Eden' the underlying philosophy is not socialist. 'The Valley of the Moon' charts the journey of Saxon and Billy Roberts through multi-racial California in search of true Americanness. Early in the novel an 'American' is defined by the Puritan work ethic and his place of birth. However, by the end of the novel this definition is subsumed by a middle-class capitalist philosophy.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gair, Dr Christopher
Authors: Gair, C.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Journal Name:Studies in the Novel
Publisher:University of North Texas
ISSN:0039-3827
ISSN (Online):1934-1512
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