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The Poetics of Sovereignty in American Literature, 1885?1910.

Author: Andrew Hebard
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Series: Cambridge studies in American literature and culture.
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The book examines trends in American literature and sheds new light on the legal history of race relations during the Progressive Era.
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Hebard, Andrew.
Poetics of Sovereignty in American Literature, 1885?1910.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Hebard
ISBN: 9781139842792 113984279X 1283746654 9781283746656 9781139840415 113984041X 9781139235648 1139235648
OCLC Number: 818883427
Description: 1 online resource (218 pages).
Contents: Cover; The Poetics of Sovereignty in American Literature, 1885-1910; Series; Dedication; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: ""An Empire of Letters""; Sovereignty and American Literary Studies; "An Empire of Letters": The Politics of Literary Mode; Law and Literature in the Age of Plenary Power; Chapters; Chapter 1 "Like a Disembodied Shade": Popular Romancesand the American Imperial State; "No Middle Ground": Sovereignty between Racial Difference and Racial Uplift; Romance, Realism, and the Modes of the Imperial State. Modal Incongruity in the Popular Romance and the Imperial StateConventionalizing Contradiction: Romance, Realism, and Narrative Progression in the Popular Romance; Ordinary Violence and Extraordinary Rule; Chapter 2 Styling Territory: Mark Twain and the "StupendousJoke" of Imperial Sovereignty; The Realist and Romantic Territories of Twain's Literary Burlesque; Styling Territory as Colonial Administration; Imperial Humor; Chapter 3 "Twisted from the Ordinary": Naturalism, Sovereignty, and the Conventions of ChineseExclusion; The Naturalist Mode; Chinese Exclusion and American Sovereignty. Administrative Conventions in Jack London's the sea-wolfRecoding Sovereignty: Race War and Violence in Naturalist Fiction; Chapter 4 Acts of Lawless Discretion: Westerns and the Plenary Administration of Native Americans; "Kill the Indian to Make the Man": Administrative Discretion and the Fatal Politics of Assimilation; The Western Romance: Owen Wister and Administrative Discretion; Hamlin Garland: From Local Experience to Administrative Expertise; From Impressionism to Romance: Garland's Aesthetic Shift; Zitkala-Sa and an Impressionistic Alternative to the Western Romance. Chapter 5 Romance and Riot: Charles Chesnutt andthe Conventions of Extralegal Violence inthe Jim Crow SouthAmbivalence and Jim Crow Law; Social and Political Romances; Romantic Performance and Racial Politics; Extralegal Violence and a State of Abandonment; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in American literature and culture.

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