Hobbes, Sovereignty, and Early American Literature

Hobbes, Sovereignty, and Early American Literature

by Paul Downes


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107085299
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/28/2015
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series , #173
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 6.30(d)

About the Author

Paul Downes is Associate Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Democracy, Revolution, and Monarchism in Early American Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2002), which was a co-winner of the MLA prize for a first book. He has also written a number of essays on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American fiction. His work explores the concepts of democracy and sovereignty as they have been instituted and imagined in the early United States and in the discourse of transnational humanitarian intervention.

Table of Contents

1. Sovereignty's new clothes; 2. Re-reading Leviathan: the 'state of nature' and the 'artificial soul'; 3. Hobbes in America; 4. 'Heaven's sugar cake': Puritan sovereignty; 5. Tyranny's corpse: Jonathan Mayhew's revolutionary sermon on Romans; 6. 'Imperium in imperio': founding sovereignty; 7. Tar and feathers: Hawthorne's revolution; 8. Hobbes, slavery, and sovereign resistance; 9. Nat Turner and the African American revolution.

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