Fictions of the Black Atlantic in American Foundational Literature

Fictions of the Black Atlantic in American Foundational Literature

by Gesa Mackenthun, G. Mackenthun, Mackenthun Gesa
     
 

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Mackenthun (American studies, Rostock U., Germany) responds to Toni Morrison's challenge to find themes of race and slavery in antebellum literature by examining these conscious and unconscious elements in Cooper, Douglass, Equiano, Melville, Philip and Poe, and others. In doing so she also evaluates these elements in light of postcolonial theory and finds a certain

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Mackenthun (American studies, Rostock U., Germany) responds to Toni Morrison's challenge to find themes of race and slavery in antebellum literature by examining these conscious and unconscious elements in Cooper, Douglass, Equiano, Melville, Philip and Poe, and others. In doing so she also evaluates these elements in light of postcolonial theory and finds a certain ambivalence and what she terms an "oceanic memory," a form of transnationalism. She also examines how imperialism played a part in the consciousness of the literature of antebellum America, both in its relations in the Atlantic and in its imperialism in the Pacific. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415333023
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Series:
Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Gesa Mackenthun is Professor of American Studies at Rostock University, Germany. Her books include an analysis of early modern colonial discourse, Metaphors of Dispossession (1997), and a forthcoming collection of essays, co-edited with Bernhard Klein, on the history of oceans, Sea Changes: Historicizing the Ocean. Her main work is in the fields of American Studies, colonial discourse and postcolonial theory

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