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Fugitives, Smugglers, and Thieves – Piracy and Personhood in American Literature - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Fugitives, Smugglers, and Thieves: Piracy and Personhood in American Literature

Sharada Balachandran Orihuela


In this book, Sharada Balachandran Orihuela examines property ownership and its connections to citizenship, race and slavery, and piracy as seen through the lens of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American literature. Balachandran Orihuela defines piracy expansively, from the familiar concept of nautical pirates and robbery in international waters to postrevolutionary counterfeiting, transnational slave escape, and the illegal trade of cotton across the Americas during the Civil War. Weaving together close readings of American, Chicano, and African American literature with political theory, ... More

Keywords: Piracy, Property, Citizenship, Eighteenth century American literature, Nineteenth century American literature, Antebellum literature, African American literature, Mexican American literature

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469640921
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640921.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sharada Balachandran Orihuela, author
University of Maryland

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Part I ​The Problem of Piracy in Antebellum America

Part II ​The Afterlife of Piracy and the Problem of Citizenship

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