In this Book

In this book, Sharada Balachandran Orihuela examines property ownership and its connections to citizenship, race and slavery, and piracy as seen through the lens of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American literature. Balachandran Orihuela defines piracy expansively, from the familiar concept of nautical pirates and robbery in international waters to postrevolutionary counterfeiting, transnational slave escape, and the illegal trade of cotton across the Americas during the Civil War. Weaving together close readings of American, Chicano, and African American literature with political theory, the author shows that piracy, when represented through literature, has imagined more inclusive and democratic communities than were then possible in reality. The author shows that these subjects are not taking part in unlawful acts only for economic gain. Rather, Balachandran Orihuela argues that piracy might, surprisingly, have served as a public good, representing a form of transnational belonging that transcends membership in any one nation-state while also functioning as a surrogate to citizenship through the ownership of property. These transnational and transactional forms of social and economic life allow for a better understanding of the foundational importance of property ownership and its role in the creation of citizenship.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Part I ​| ​The Problem of Piracy in Antebellum America
  1. 1. America’s Blackbeard: Piracy and Colonial Life
  2. pp. 25-48
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 2. Counterfeit States: Bootleg Currency and Postrevolutionary American Property
  2. pp. 49-78
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Part II ​| ​The Afterlife of Piracy and the Problem of Citizenship
  1. 3. The Black Market: Property, Freedom, and Fugitivity in Antebellum Life
  2. pp. 81-108
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 4. Unsettling Subjects: Citizenship and Squatting in Historical Romances of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
  2. pp. 109-135
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 5. Queen Cotton: Smuggling and the Exigencies of Citizenship during the Civil War
  2. pp. 136-167
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Afterword: Pirates, Terrorists, Narcotraffickers
  2. pp. 168-174
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Notes
  2. pp. 175-204
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 205-224
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 225-234
  3. restricted access Download |

Additional Information

Related ISBN
MARC Record
Launched on MUSE
Open Access
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.