Overview

Focusing on intersecting issues of nation, race, and gender, this volume inaugurates new models for American literary and cultural history. Subjects and Citizens reveals the many ways in which a wide range of canonical and non-canonical writing contends with the most crucial social, political, and literary issues of our past and present.
Defining the landscape of the New American literary history, these essays are united by three interrelated concerns: ideas of origin (where ...
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Subjects and Citizens: Nation, Race, and Gender from Oroonoko to Anita Hill

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Overview

Focusing on intersecting issues of nation, race, and gender, this volume inaugurates new models for American literary and cultural history. Subjects and Citizens reveals the many ways in which a wide range of canonical and non-canonical writing contends with the most crucial social, political, and literary issues of our past and present.
Defining the landscape of the New American literary history, these essays are united by three interrelated concerns: ideas of origin (where does "American literature" begin?), ideas of nation (what does "American literature" mean?), and ideas of race and gender (what does "American literature" include and exclude and how?). Work by writers as diverse as Aphra Behn, James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe, Frances Harper, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Herman Melville, William Faulkner, Harriet Jacobs, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Bharati Mukherjee, Booker T. Washington, Mark Twain, Kate Chopin, Américo Paredes, and Toni Morrison are discussed from several theoretical perspectives, using a variety of methodologies. Issues of the "frontier" and the "border" as well as those of coloniality and postcoloniality are explored. In each case, these essays emphasize the ideological nature of national identity and, more specifically, the centrality of race and gender to our concept of nationhood.
Collected from recent issues of American Literature, with three new essays added, Subjects and Citizens charts the new directions being taken in American literary studies.

Contributors. Daniel Cooper Alarcón, Lori Askeland, Stephanie Athey, Nancy Bentley, Lauren Berlant, Michele A. Birnbaum, Kristin Carter-Sanborn, Russ Castronovo, Joan Dayan, Julie Ellison, Sander L. Gilman, Karla F. C. Holloway, Annette Kolodny, Barbara Ladd, Lora Romero, Ramón Saldívar, Maggie Sale, Siobhan Senier, Timothy Sweet, Maurice Wallace, Elizabeth Young

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822382393
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 6/29/1995
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Michael Moon is Associate Professor of English at Duke University and Associate Editor of American Literature. He is the author of Disseminating Whitman: Revision and Corporeality in "Leaves of Grass."

Cathy N. Davidson is Professor of English at Duke University and Editor of American Literature. She is the author of numerous books, including Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America.

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Table of Contents


Contents

Introduction


Moon
Michael


Davidson
Cathy N.




Part I

Letting Go Our Grand Obsessions: Notes Toward a New Literary History of the American Frontiers


Kolodny
Annette




Oroonoko's Gendered Economies of Honor/Horror: Reframing Colonial Discourses Studies in the Americas


Athey
Stephanie


Alarcón
Daniel Cooper




Race and Sensibility in the Early Republic: Ann Eliza Bleecker and Sarah Wentworth Morton


Ellison
Julie




Vanishing Americans: Gender, Empire, and New Historicism


Romero
Lora





Part II

Amorous Bondage: Poe, Ladies, and Slaves


Dayan
Joan




Critiques from Within: Antebellum Projects of Resistance


Sale
Maggie




Radical Configurations of History in the Era of American Slavery


Castronovo
Russ




White Slaves: The Mulatto Hero in Antebellum Fiction


Bentley
Nancy





Part III

Masculinity and Self-Performance in the Life of Black Hawk


Sweet
Timothy




Constructing the Black Masculine: Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and the Sublimits of African American Autobiography


Wallace
Maurice




Mark Twain and the Diseases of the Jews


Gilman
Sander L.




Warring Fictions: Iola Leroy and the Color of Gender


Young
Elizabeth




“Alien Hands”: Kate Chopin and the Colonization of Race


Birnbaum
Michele A.





Part IV

“The Direction of the Howling”: Nationalism and the Color Line in Absalom, Absalom!


Ladd
Barbara




Border Subjects and Transnational Sites: Américo Paredes's The Hammon and the Beans and Other Stories


Saldívar
Ramón




Remodeling the Model Home in Uncle Tom's Cabin and Beloved


Askeland
Lori




A Zuni Raconteur Dons the Junco Shirt: Gender and Narrative Style in the Story of Coyote and Junco


Senier
Siobhan




“We Murder Who We Were”: Jasmine and the Violence of Identity


Carter-Sanborn
Kristin




The Queen of America Goes to Washington City: Harriet Jacobs, Frances Harper, Anita Hill


Berlant
Lauren




The Body Politic


Holloway
Karla F. C.





Index

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