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A "Reg'lar Jim Dandy": Archiving Ecstatic Performance in Stephen Crane
Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory
R oughly mid-way through stephen crane 's 1895 novel The Red Badge of Courage, we witness the unfolding of an intensely peculiar post-mortem: The tattered man stood musing. "Well, he was reg'lar jim-dandy fer nerve, wa'n't he," said he finally in a little awestruck voice. "A reg'lar jim-dandy." He thoughtfully poked one of the docile hands with his foot. "I wonner where he got 'is stren'th from? I never seen a man do like that before. It was a funny thing. Well, he was a reg'lar jim-dandy."doi:10.1353/arq.2012.0000 fatcat:crxbdxgikzerxje4225kera6cu