Dislocating Race and Nation: Episodes in Nineteenth-Century by Robert S. Levine

By Robert S. Levine

American literary nationalism is characteristically understood as a cohesive literary culture built within the newly autonomous usa that emphasised the original positive aspects of the USA and consciously differentiated American literature from British literature. Robert S. Levine demanding situations this evaluate via exploring the conflicted, multiracial, and contingent dimensions found in the works of overdue eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American and African American writers. clash and uncertainty, now not consensus, Levine argues, helped outline American literary nationalism in this interval.

Levine emphasizes the centrality of either inter- and intra-American clash in his research of 4 illuminating "episodes" of literary responses to questions of U.S. racial nationalism and imperialism. He examines Charles Brockden Brown and the Louisiana buy; David Walker and the debates at the Missouri Compromise; Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Hannah Crafts and the blood-based literary nationalism and expansionism of the mid-nineteenth century; and Frederick Douglass and his nearly forty-year curiosity in Haiti. Levine bargains evaluations of modern advancements in whiteness and imperialism reports, arguing renewed realization to where of contingency in American literary historical past is helping us to raised comprehend and study from writers attempting to make experience in their personal old moments.

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