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Sebastian M. Herrmann
Unnecessary Complications?
The Interplay of Symbolic Forms in John Carroll Power's "Diagram and Statistical Record of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence"
DOI: 10.14361/9783839461303-006
 
This article investigates the mixing of different symbolic forms in John Carroll Power's 1858 »Diagram and Statistical Record of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence.« It argues that the diagram's odd design constitutes an attempt to bring together the symbolic forms of narrative, data, and play to thus highlight and foreground their liminal boundaries and to invite readers to practice exchanging one form for another. In this, the diagram speaks of two important facets of nineteenth-century US culture: a fascination with different symbolic forms and their relationship on the one hand and a desire to use these different forms and their liminality for more democratic forms of representation on the other.
 
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