Specters of democracy : blackness and the aesthetics of nationalism in the antebellum U.S. (eBook, 2011) [WorldCat.org]
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Specters of democracy : blackness and the aesthetics of nationalism in the antebellum U.S.

Author: Ivy G Wilson
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
This text interrogates the representational strategies that 19th-century Americans used in art and literature to delineate blackness as an index to the forms of US citizenship. The book reveals how the task of representing African Americans in imaginative expression was part of a larger dilemma concerning representative democracy.

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Wilson, Ivy G.
Specters of democracy.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2011
(DLC) 2010020169
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ivy G Wilson
ISBN: 9780199714049 0199714045
OCLC Number: 759158462
Description: 1 online resource (x, 237 pages) : illustrations, music, portrait
Contents: Introduction : in the shadows of citizenship : African Americans and the alterity of democracy --
Frederick Douglass's "glib-tongue" : African American rhetoric and the language of national belonging --
Merely rhetorical : virtual democracy in William Wells Brown's Clotel --
Rhythm nation : African American poetics and the discourse of freedom --
Black and tan fantasy : Walt Whitman, African Americans, and sounding the nation --
Framing the margins : geometries of space and American genre painting --
The spectacle of disorder : race, decoration, and the social logic of space --
The colored museum : William "Ethiop" Wilson and the Afric-American picture gallery.
Responsibility: Ivy G. Wilson.


Specters of Democracy analyzes how African Americans used art as both a mode of critique and an articulation of democratic representation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Read more...


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In Specters of Democracy, Wilson provides a brilliant reconceptualization of American democracy, positing it as an institution which, from its very origins, was constituted by the shadowy presence of Read more...

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