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By Robert S. Levine

American literary nationalism is often understood as a cohesive literary culture constructed within the newly autonomous usa that emphasised the original gains of the US and consciously differentiated American literature from British literature. Robert S. Levine demanding situations this overview via exploring the conflicted, multiracial, and contingent dimensions found in the works of overdue eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American and African American writers. clash and uncertainty, now not consensus, Levine argues, helped outline American literary nationalism in this interval.

Levine emphasizes the centrality of either inter- and intra-American clash in his research of 4 illuminating "episodes" of literary responses to questions of U.S. racial nationalism and imperialism. He examines Charles Brockden Brown and the Louisiana buy; David Walker and the debates at the Missouri Compromise; Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Hannah Crafts and the blood-based literary nationalism and expansionism of the mid-nineteenth century; and Frederick Douglass and his nearly forty-year curiosity in Haiti. Levine bargains evaluations of modern advancements in whiteness and imperialism reports, arguing renewed consciousness to where of contingency in American literary heritage is helping us to higher comprehend and examine from writers attempting to make experience in their personal old moments.

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