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The body of property : antebellum American fiction and the phenomenology of possession

The body of property : antebellum American fiction and the phenomenology of possession

Author: Chad Luck
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

Explores the embodied aspects of ownership and private property as these emerge in a range of American literary texts across the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.


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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chad Luck
ISBN: 9780823263004 0823263002 9780823267460 0823267466
OCLC Number: 900484260
Description: ix, 298 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: --
Acknowledgements --
Introduction --
Pierson v. Post and the Literary Origins of American Property --
American Literature and the Problem of Property --
Property in Antebellum Culture --
A Phenomenology of Property --
The Space of Property --
Chapter One --
Walking the Property: Ownership, Space, and the Body in Motion in Edgar Huntly --
Condillac's Statue and the Primacy of Touch --
Touching on the Other: Bodily Frontiers and the Production of Space --
Walking the Property: Mobility and the Appropriation of Space --
Chapter Two --
Eating Dwelling Gagging: Hawthorne, Stoddard and the Phenomenology of Possession --
Possession without Acquisition: Eating, Enjoyment, and the --
"Beginning of Property" --
Home Bodies: Domestic Space and Possession Proper --
Mother's Milk: Private Property and the Feminine Economy of the Gift --
Chapter Three --
Anxieties of Ownership: Debt, Entitlement and the Plantation Romance --
Southern Discomfort: Debt in the Slaveholding South --
Owning and Owing: Woodcraft and the Phenomenology of Debt --
Slave Narrative and the Senses of Entitlement --
The Structure of the Debt: Swallow Barn and the Space of the Plantation --
Chapter Four --
Feeling at a Loss: Theft and Affect in George Lippard --
A Culture of Theft --
Distress Signals: Theft, Body, Affect --
Kleptophobia and the Architecture of Loss --
Invasion of the Body Snatchers: The Market in the Grave --
Epilogue --
Wisconsin, 2004: Racial Violence and the Bodies of Property --
Notes --
Works Cited.
Responsibility: Chad Luck.


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"Luck's focus on the phenomenological experience of ownership in the early nineteenth century is new and revealing. Whether looking at the frontier romance, the urban gothic, the domestic novel, or Read more...

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