Dislocating Race and Nation: Episodes in Nineteenth-Century American Literary Nationalism / Edition 1

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American literary nationalism is conventionally 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. Robert S. Levine 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, Levine argues, helped define American literary nationalism during this period.
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An important and provocative deconstruction of nineteenth-century American nationalism, race, and the literature where the two intersect.—Literature & History

Levine's book puts on display his striking and arguably unequaled breadth of knowledge of interracial literary history.—American Literature

Brilliant and moving final chapter.—American Literary History

Levine is at his best when recovering the forgotten history of African American intellectuals, such as Walker and Douglass, and showing how they responded to specific domestic events motivating their transnational imaginations.—American Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807859032
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 10/8/2008
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert S. Levine is professor of English at the University of Maryland and author or editor of eleven books, including Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and the Politics of Representative Identity and Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Dred (both from the University of North Carolina Press).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix Prologue: Undoings 1 Chapter 1 Charles Brockden Brown, Louisiana, and the Contingencies of Empire 17 Chapter 2 Circulating the Nation: David Walker, the Missouri Compromise, and the Appeals of Black Literary Nationalism 67 Chapter 3 Genealogical Fictions: Melville and Hannah Crafts in Hawthorne's House 119 Chapter 4 Frederick Douglass's Hemispheric Nationalism, 1857-1893 179 Epilogue: Undoings Redux 237 Notes 245 Index 303
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