The Tramp in American Literature, 1873–1939

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Christine Photinos

Abstract

This essay surveys changing representations of the tramp in American literature from 1873 to 1939. In the late nineteenth century, tramps were understood by middle- and upper-class Americans in terms of deviancy and criminality; but by World War II the tramp had entered the realm of nostalgia. The primary reasons for tramping did not change; what changed was the social meaning assigned to the tramp.

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Photinos, C. (2008). The Tramp in American Literature, 1873–1939. AmeriQuests, 5(1). https://doi.org/10.15695/amqst.v5i1.62
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Christine Photinos, National University

Christine Photinos is Assistant Professor in the Department of Arts and Humanities at National University, San Diego, where she teaches nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature.