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Title:
Race, slavery, and liberalism in nineteenth-century American literature..
Author:
Riss, Arthur, 1961-
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9780521856744
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Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Physical Description:
viii, 238 p.
Series:
Cambridge studies in American literature and culture.

Cambridge studies in American literature and culture ; 150.
Contents:
The figure a "person" makes : on the aesthetics of liberalism -- Slaves and persons -- Family values and racial essentialism in Uncle Tom's cabin -- Eva's hair and the sentiments of race -- A is for anything : US liberalism and the making of The scarlet letter -- The art of discrimination : The marble faun, "Chiefly about war matters," and the aesthetics of anti-Black racism -- Freedom, ethics, and the necessity of persons : Frederick Douglass and the scene of resistance.
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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.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introduction: the figure a "person" makes: on the aesthetics of liberalismp. 1
1 Slaves and personsp. 27
2 Family values and racial essentialism in Uncle Tom's Cabinp. 58
3 Eva's hair and the sentiments of racep. 84
4 A is for Anything: US liberalism and the making of The Scarlet Letterp. 111
5 The art of discrimination: The Marble Faun, "Chiefly About War Matters," and the aesthetics of anti-black racismp. 136
6 Freedom, ethics, and the necessity of persons: Frederick Douglass and the scene of resistancep. 164
Notesp. 186
Indexp. 235