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Dislocating Race & Nation: Episodes in Nineteenth-Century American Literary Nationalism

Robert S. Levine

Abstract

American literary nationalism is traditionally understood as a cohesive literary tradition developed in the newly independent United States that emphasized the unique features of America and consciously differentiated American literature from British literature. This book challenges this assessment by exploring the conflicted, multiracial, and contingent dimensions present in the works of late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American and African American writers. Conflict and uncertainty, not consensus, it argues, helped define American literary nationalism during this period. The book emph ... More

Keywords: American literary nationalism, racial nationalism, imperialism, Charles Brockden Brown, Louisiana Purchase, David Walker, Missouri Compromise, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Hannah Crafts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780807832264
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807887882_levine

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Robert S. Levine, author

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