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Trafficking Subjects: The Politics Of Mobility In Nineteenth-Century America
     

Trafficking Subjects: The Politics Of Mobility In Nineteenth-Century America

by Mark Simpson
 

ISBN-10: 0816641625

ISBN-13: 9780816641628

Pub. Date: 12/15/2004

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

In America, travel has regularly been associated with romantic notions of freedom, exploration, and possibility. Focusing on a broad range of movement in the nineteenth century, this groundbreaking book challenges this conventional view, demonstrating the complexity of the politics of mobility in American culture.The texts that Mark Simpson consults are drawn from a

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In America, travel has regularly been associated with romantic notions of freedom, exploration, and possibility. Focusing on a broad range of movement in the nineteenth century, this groundbreaking book challenges this conventional view, demonstrating the complexity of the politics of mobility in American culture.The texts that Mark Simpson consults are drawn from a wide range of genres and foreground social and cultural phenomena from slave revolt to fugitive escape, imperial expedition to neocolonial tourism, and market circulation to tramping protest. Utilizing works as diverse as Gray's The Confessions of Nat Turner and London's Martin Eden, Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym and Edmonds's Nurse and Spy in the Union Army, Simpson traces the vexed dynamics of movement and its representation in the nineteenth-century United States, developing a theory of mobility as social contest. Questions of national subjectivity and belonging especially as inflected by race, gender, and social class, bear centrally on his analysis of how mobility as a social and cultural resource comes to be distributed, invested, directed, and determined. Trafficking Subjects helps us to see what it can mean to become subject to America, in all the conflicted senses of that phrase. Mark Simpson is associate professor of English at the University of Alberta.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816641628
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
12/15/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: For a Politics of Mobilityxi
1Nat Turner's Restlessness1
2Abandoned to Circulation21
3Secret Circuits, Fugitive Moves56
4Mobility's Disciplines92
Epilogue: Mobilization Time128
Notes135
Index177

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