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Race, Slavery, and Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century American Literature by Arthur (Salem State College, Massachusetts) Riss

Race, Slavery, and Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century American Literature


Part of the Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series


Race, Slavery, and Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century American Literature by Arthur (Salem State College, Massachusetts) Riss

Moving boldly between literary analysis and political theory, contemporary and antebellum US culture, Arthur Riss invites readers to rethink prevailing accounts of the relationship between slavery, liberalism, and literary representation. Situating Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Frederick Douglass at the center of antebellum debates over the person-hood of the slave, this 2006 book examines how a nation dedicated to the proposition that 'all men are created equal' formulates arguments both for and against race-based slavery. This revisionary argument promises to be unsettling for literary critics, political philosophers, historians of US slavery, as well as those interested in the link between literature and human rights.


Review of the hardback: 'Riss is a deft, polished writer and a gifted literary scholar.

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About the Author

Arthur Riss is Assistant Professor of English at Salem State College, Massachusetts.

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Publication date

24th September 2009


Arthur (Salem State College, Massachusetts) Riss

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Cambridge University Press


248 pages


Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900



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