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The poetics of national and racial identity in nineteenth-century American literature

Author: John D Kerkering
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Series: Cambridge studies in American literature and culture, 139.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examining the literary history of racial and national identity in nineteenth-century America, the author argues that writers such as DuBois, Hawthorne, and Whitman used poetic effect to emphasize the distinctiveness of certain groups against a diffuse social landscape.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John D Kerkering
ISBN: 0521831148 9780521831147
OCLC Number: 51879740
Description: xiii, 351 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: I: The poetics of national identity --
1. "We are five-and-forty": meter and national identity in Sir Walter Scott --
2. "Our sacred union." "our beloved Apalachia": nation and genius loci in Hawthorne and Simms --
II: The poetics of racial identity --
3. "Of me and of mine": the music of racial identity --
4. "Blood will tell": literary effects and the diagnosis of racial instinct --
The conservation of identities.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in American literature and culture, 139.
Responsibility: John D. Kerkering.
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