Race, Slavery, and Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century American Literature by Arthur Riss | 9780521856744 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Race, Slavery, and Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Race, Slavery, and Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

by Arthur Riss
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521856744

ISBN-13: 9780521856744

Pub. Date: 06/30/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Moving boldly between literary analysis and political theory, contemporary and antebellum US culture, Arthur Riss invites readers to rethink prevailing accounts of the relationship between slavery, liberalism, and literary representation. Situating Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Frederick Douglass at the center of antebellum debates over the person

Overview

Moving boldly between literary analysis and political theory, contemporary and antebellum US culture, Arthur Riss invites readers to rethink prevailing accounts of the relationship between slavery, liberalism, and literary representation. Situating Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Frederick Douglass at the center of antebellum debates over the person-hood of the slave, this 2006 book examines how a nation dedicated to the proposition that 'all men are created equal' formulates arguments both for and against race-based slavery. This revisionary argument promises to be unsettling for literary critics, political philosophers, historians of US slavery, as well as those interested in the link between literature and human rights.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521856744
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series, #150
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: the figure a 'person'makes; 1. Slaves and persons; 2. Family values and racial essentialism in Uncle Tom's Cabin; 3. Eva's hair and the sentiments of race; 4. A is for anything: US liberalism and the making of The Scarlet Letter; 5. The art of discrimination: The Marble Faun, 'Chiefly About War Matters', and the aesthetics of anti-black racism; Conclusion.

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