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Remapping Citizenship and the Nation in African-American Literature
     

Remapping Citizenship and the Nation in African-American Literature

by Stephen Knadler
 

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Through a reading of periodicals, memoirs, speeches, and fiction from the antebellum period to the Harlem Renaissance, this study re-examines various myths about a U.S. progressive history and about an
African American counter history in terms of race, democracy, and citizenship. Reframing 19th century and early 20th-century

Overview

Through a reading of periodicals, memoirs, speeches, and fiction from the antebellum period to the Harlem Renaissance, this study re-examines various myths about a U.S. progressive history and about an
African American counter history in terms of race, democracy, and citizenship. Reframing 19th century and early 20th-century African-American cultural history from the borderlands of the U.S. empire where many African Americans lived, worked and sought refuge, Knadler argues that these writers developed a complicated and layered transnational and creolized political consciousness that challenged dominant ideas of the nation and citizenship. Writing from multicultural contact zones, these writers forged a "new black politics"-one that anticipated the current debate about national identity and citizenship in a twenty-first century global society. As Knadler argues, they defined, created, and deployed an alternative political language to re-imagine U.S. citizenship and its related ideas of national belonging, patriotism, natural rights, and democratic agency.

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"A particularly informative resource for scholars interested in engaging early African American literature as a part of the transatlantic diaspora. Recommended."
--Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415636704
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/11/2012
Pages:
248

Meet the Author

Stephen Knadler is Associate Professor of U.S. literature at Spelman College. He is the author of The Fugitive Race: Minority Writers Resisting Whiteness.

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