Philadelphia Stories: America's Literature of Race and Freedom

Philadelphia Stories: America's Literature of Race and Freedom

by Samuel Otter


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199970964
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/01/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Samuel Otter is Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Melville's Anatomies and the coeditor, with Geoffrey Sanborn, of Melville and Aesthetics.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: Philadelphia Stories, 1790-1860

Mathew Carey, Absalom Jones, Richard Allen, and the Color of Fever
Ministers and Criminals: Richard Allen, John Joyce, and Peter Matthias
Benjamin Rush's Heroic Interventions
Mathew Carey's Fugitive Philadelphians
Charles Brockden Brown's Experiments in Character

Hugh Henry Brackenridge, and the Irrepressible Teague
Edward W. Clay's "Life in Philadelphia"
"The Rage for Profiles": Silhouettes at Peale's Museum
Philadelphia Metempsychosis in Robert Montgomery Bird's Sheppard Lee
"The Peculiar Position of Our People": William Whipper and Debates in the Black Conventions
Disfranchisement and Appeal
Joseph Willson's Higher Classes of Colored Society in Philadelphia

"Doomed to Destruction": The History of Pennsylvania Hall
The Portraiture of the City of Philadelphia, and Henry James's American Scene The Mysteries of the City: George Lippard, Edgar Allan Poe
The Fiction of Riot: George Lippard, John Beauchamp Jones
The Condition of the Free People of Color

The Struggle over "Philadelphia": Mary Howard Schoolcraft, Sara Josepha
Hale, Martin Robison Delany, James McCune Smith, and William
Frank J. Webb's The Garies and Their Friends
"A Rather Curious Protest"
Still Life in Georgia
History and Farce
Parlor and Riot
Philadelphia Vanitas
The Social Experiment in Herman Melville's Benito Cereno

CODA: John Edgar Wideman's Philadelphia


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