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  • The American Civil Warby Ian Frederick Finseth

    CRC Press 2006; US$ 39.95

    This anthology brings together a wide variety of both well-known and more obscure writing from and about the Civil War, along with supplementary appendices to facilitate use in courses. The writing includes short fiction, poetry, public addresses, diary entries, song lyrics, and essays from such figures as Walt Whitman, Ambrose Bierce, Stephen Crane,... more...

  • Contesting the Past, Reconstructing the Nationby Benjamin A. Railton

    University of Alabama Press 2009; US$ 34.95

    Fables of American history embodied in Gilded Age literature In this study of Gilded Age literature and culture, Benjamin Railton proposes that in the years after Reconstruction, America’s identity was often contested through distinct and competing conceptions of the nation’s history. He argues that the United States moved toward... more...

  • Bohemia in America, 1858?1920by Joanna Levin

    Stanford University Press 2009; US$ 67.50

    American Bohemias explores the construction and emergence of "Bohemia" in American literature and culture. more...

  • The Oxford Handbook of Transcendentalismby Joel Myerson; Sandra Harbert Petrulionis; Laura Dassow Walls

    Oxford University Press, USA 2010; US$ 149.99

    The Oxford Handbook of Transcendentalism offers an ecclectic, comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to the immense cultural impact of the movement that encompassed literature, art, architecture, science, and politics. more...

  • The Fugitive's Propertiesby Stephen M. Best

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 30.00

    In this study of literature and law before and since the Civil War, Stephen M. Best shows how American conceptions of slavery, property, and the idea of the fugitive were profoundly interconnected. The Fugitive's Properties uncovers a poetics of intangible, personified property emerging out of antebellum laws, circulating through key nineteenth-century... more...

  • American Hungersby Gavin Jones

    Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 27.95

    Social anxiety about poverty surfaces with startling frequency in American literature. Yet, as Gavin Jones argues, poverty has been denied its due as a critical and ideological framework in its own right, despite recent interest in representations of the lower classes and the marginalized. These insights lay the groundwork for American Hungers ,... more...

  • The War on Wordsby Michael T. Gilmore

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 30.00

    How did slavery and race impact American literature in the nineteenth century? In this ambitious book, Michael T. Gilmore argues that they were the carriers of linguistic restriction, and writers from Frederick Douglass to Stephen Crane wrestled with the demands for silence and circumspection that accompanied the antebellum fear of disunion and the... more...

  • Sentimental Bodiesby Bruce Burgett

    Princeton University Press 1998; US$ 95.00

    Sentimentalism, sex, the construction of the modern body, and the origins of American liberalism all come under scrutiny in this rich discussion of political life in the early republic. Here Bruce Burgett enters into debates over the "public sphere," a concept introduced by Jurgen Habermas that has led theorists to grapple with such polarities as... more...

  • Loyal Subjectsby Elizabeth Duquette

    Rutgers University Press 2010; US$ 24.95

    When one nation becomes two, or when two nations become one, what does national affiliation mean or require? Loyal Subjects answers this question by demonstrating how loyalty was used during the U.S. Civil War to define proper allegiance to the Union. Through an analysis of literary works written during and after the conflict, Elizabeth Duquette... more...

  • E Pluribus Unumby W. C. Harris

    University of Iowa Press 2005; US$ 35.00

    "Out of many, one." But how do the many become one without sacrificing difference or autonomy? This problem was critical to both identity formation and state formation in late 18th- and 19th-century America. The premise of this book is that American writers of the time came to view the resolution of this central philosophical problem as no longer the... more...