Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

This book began as a request. Bob Levine and Caroline Levander asked me to contribute something to the Blackwell Companion to American Literary Studies. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write, but since previously I’d been focusing primarily on struggles around Native self-representation, I decided that I would think about questions of settler subjectivity. ...

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Note on the Cover

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pp. xiii-xiv

Upon first view, the cover may raise some questions, particularly the use of a headdress for a book concerned with peoples from the Northeast. Such regalia was not, to my knowledge, part of the cultural repertoire of Native nations in New England and New York. I admit that when I first viewed the cover, I was not sure what it had to do with the book. ...

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Introduction

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pp. xv-xxii

A few years ago, I bought a house, my first venture into owning real estate. At first, I was a bit disoriented in it, adjusting to the new—and larger—dimensions of my living space.1 Having moved many times over the prior ten years, I was familiar with the perceptual and physical realignment that occurs when in a new home-place. ...

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1 Ordinary Life and the Ethics of Occupation

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pp. 1-38

In “Eulogy on King Philip” (1836), Pequot minister and activist William Apess explores how forms of citizen-feeling emerge in the context of institutionalized structures and imperatives that are themselves predicated on the disavowal of Native sovereignty. ...

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2 Romancing the State of Nature Speculation, Regeneration, and the Maine Frontier in House of the Seven Gables

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pp. 39-90

In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, small-scale landholders in the southern part of the District of Maine waged a virtual war of insurgency against efforts by largely absentee owners to survey their lands and demand payment for them. ...

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3 Loving Oneself Like a Nation Sovereign Selfhood and the Autoerotics of Wilderness in Walden

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pp. 91-140

In a journal entry on September 1, 1842, Nathaniel Hawthorne observes of Henry David Thoreau that he is “inclined to lead a sort of Indian life among civilized men,” noting in particular “the absence of any systematic effort for a livelihood.”1 ...

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4 Dreaming of Urban Dispersion Aristocratic Genealogy and Indian Rurality in Pierre

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pp. 141-194

Over the first half of the nineteenth century, especially in the wake of the War of 1812 and the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825, New York City emerged as perhaps the single most important commercial and trade center in the United States.1 ...

Notes

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pp. 195-238

Bibliography

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pp. 239-274

Index

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pp. 275-294

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About the Author

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Mark Rifkin is professor of English and women’s and gender studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. ...