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By Benjamin S. West

This research explores various depictions of crowd violence, literal and figurative, present in American Modernist fiction, and indicates the methods crowd violence is used as a literary trope to check problems with racial, gender, nationwide, and sophistication identification in this interval. Modernist writers continuously hire scenes and photographs of crowd violence to teach the methods such violence is used to outline and implement person id in American tradition. James Weldon Johnson, William Faulkner, Richard Wright, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and John Steinbeck, for instance, depict a variety of contributors as sufferers of crowd violence and different crowd pressures, in general simply because they've got transgressed opposed to normative social criteria. specifically vital is the way in which that racially inspired lynching, and the illustration of such lynchings in African American literature and tradition, turns into a noteworthy concentration of canonical Modernist fiction composed via white authors.

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