Cultural Work, Culture

Culture comprises ways of thinking, feeling, and acting shared by a group which help them define

Cultural work is the process by which texts enable those who share a culture

Jane Tompkins coined the phrase "cultural work" in her book Sensational Designs.

Tompkins sees "the plots and characters" of novels, for example, "as providing society with a means of thinking about itself, defining certain aspects of a social reality which the authors and their readers shared, dramatizing its conflicts, and recommending solutions" (200).

eliza's leap

See the many versions of this image, inspired by the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852).

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