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Dislocating Race & NationEpisodes in Nineteenth-Century American Literary Nationalism$
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Robert S. Levine

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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Charles Brockden Brown, Louisiana, and the Contingencies of Empire

Charles Brockden Brown, Louisiana, and the Contingencies of Empire

(p.17) 1 Charles Brockden Brown, Louisiana, and the Contingencies of Empire
Dislocating Race & Nation

Robert S. Levine

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter considers Brown in relation to the “affairs of Louisiana,” and points to the limits of traditional formulations of U.S. nationalism, and literary nationalism, when viewed exclusively in terms of the United States versus Great Britain. Imperial conflict by the Mississippi and in the Caribbean, the ongoing slave trade, and the close connections among the American Revolution, French Revolution, and Haitian Revolution were crucial to U.S. nationalism, literary nationalism, and the debates on Louisiana. There was no single nationalism or literary nationalism that encompassed all such developments. What we can say is that American literary nationalism during this period had a range of perspectives and numerous advocates and practitioners, and that the debates on the Louisiana Purchase brought a renewed attention to the dynamics of race as a constituent of nation.

Keywords:   Charles Brockden Brown, affairs of Louisiana, U.S. nationalism, literary nationalism, Louisiana Purchase

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