Dislocating Race and Nation
Episodes in Nineteenth-Century American Literary Nationalism
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: The University of North Carolina Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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I am pleased to acknowledge the assistance I have received from a numberof individuals and institutions. For their helpful responses to sections ofthe book, my thanks to Jana Argersinger, Philip Barnard, ChristopherCastiglia, Russ Castronovo, Mark Kamrath, Caroline Levander, Lee Per-son, Hollis Robbins, Xiomara Santamarina, Brook Thomas, Stephen Sha-...
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Dislocating Race and Nation is about literary practice in a historical mode.It does not set forth a new theory of American literary nationalism; itdoes not ‘‘locate’’ race and nation or offer any other all-encompassingexplanatory paradigm; it does not argue for unbroken connections be-tween the works and periods that are examined in its four main chapters...
CHAPTER 1. Charles Brockden Brown, Louisiana, and the Contingencies of Empire
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It is generally acknowledged that Charles Brockden Brown was an Ameri-can literary nationalist. In his oft-cited prefatory note to Edgar Huntly(1799), he called on American writers to address ‘‘the condition of ourcountry,’’ maintaining that ‘‘the field of investigation, opened to us by ourown country, should differ essentially from those which exist in Europe.’’...
CHAPTER 2. Circulating the Nation: David Walker, the Missouri Compromise, and the Appeals of Black Literary Nationalism
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The debates on the Missouri Compromise, I will be arguing in thischapter, were crucial to the development of African American literarynationalism during the 1820s and 1830s, and they had a pronouncedinfluence on the development of a more broadly conceived Americanliterary nationalism as well. As was the case during the 1790s and early...
CHAPTER 3. Genealogical Fictions: Melville and Hannah Crafts in Hawthorne’s House
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The July 1844 issue of the United States Magazine and Democratic Review(generally known as the Democratic Review) featured a sketch by Na-thaniel Hawthorne titled ‘‘A Select Party.’’ In it, a ‘‘Man of Fancy’’ imaginesa festive get-together in ‘‘one of his castles in the air,’’ a castle, the narratordeclares, that is ‘‘more real than the earth.’’ Numerous guests show up for...
CHAPTER 4. Frederick Douglass’s Hemispheric Nationalism, 1857–1893
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This chapter takes as its starting point a little-known column, ‘‘The Col-ored People and Hayti,’’ that Frederick Douglass printed in the January1861 issue of his Douglass’ Monthly. Announcing that the Haitian govern-ment had recently appointed James Redpath as its general emigrationagent, Douglass provides the address of the office, 221 Washington Street in...
Epilogue: Undoings Redux
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The Spanish-American War of 1898, which led to the U.S. military oc-cupation of Cuba and the Philippines in 1899, brought the United States aglimpse of a new bi-oceanic empire far beyond the imaginings of UlyssesS. Grant or Frederick Douglass. Given that the occupation of the Philip-pines in particular was accomplished through deceit and against the...
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Publication Year: 2008