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Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Race, Slavery, and Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

by Arthur (Salem State College, Massachusetts) Riss

Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Race, Slavery, and Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century American Literature Synopsis

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.

Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Race, Slavery, and Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century American Literature Press Reviews

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

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521120203
Publication date: 24th September 2009
Author: Arthur (Salem State College, Massachusetts) Riss
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 248 pages
Categories: Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 ,

About Arthur (Salem State College, Massachusetts) Riss

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

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