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Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture: Race, Citizenship, and Law in American Literature Series Number 128 (Paperback)
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Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture: Race, Citizenship, and Law in American Literature Series Number 128 (Paperback)

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In this broad ranging and powerful study, Gregg Crane examines the interaction between civic identity, race and justice in American law and literature. Crane recounts the efforts of literary and legal figures to bring the nation's law into line with the moral consensus that slavery and racial oppression were evil. By documenting an actual historical interaction central both to American literature and American constitutional law, Crane reveals the influence of literature on the constitutional discourse of citizenship. Covering such writers as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Frederick Douglass, and a whole range of novelists, poets, philosophers, politicians, lawyers and judges, this is a remarkable book, that will revise the relationship between race and nationalism in American literature.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521010931
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 433 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'A profound and moving book that deserves a wide audience. Crane displays a searching wisdom and precise imagination in brilliantly describing the moral universe where literature and law meet in key texts of the nineteenth century. An indispensable study of nationalism and race and their impact on American law and literature.' Eric Sundquist
'An ambitious, brilliant, study of American literary and legal texts from the late eighteenth into the twentieth century. This profoundly interdisciplinary study of law and literature, written by someone who has clearly mastered both disciplines, is also a major contribution to African American literary and cultural studies.' Robert Levine
'This book will force scholars in the field to revise their understanding of the political heritage of the Emersonian tradition.' Brook Thomas
Gregg D. Crane wins his laurels for a detailed and well-reasoned work of extraordinary intensity ...'. American Studies
"...raises good questions and consistently provokes." American Historical Review
"Crane presents...compelling readings that elucidate how the interplay between fictional writers and jurists generated a racial alchemy that ultimately destabilized core concepts of the legal system: higher law, contract, and the law of the majority." American Historical Review

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