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Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture: The Poetics of National and Racial Identity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature Series Number 139 (Paperback)
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Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture: The Poetics of National and Racial Identity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature Series Number 139 (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 27/08/2009
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John D. Kerkering's study examines the literary history of racial and national identity in nineteenth-century America. Kerkering argues that writers such as DuBois, Lanier, Simms, and Scott used poetic effects to assert the distinctiveness of certain groups in a diffuse social landscape. Kerkering explores poetry's formal properties, its sound effects, as they intersect with the issues of race and nation. He shows how formal effects, ranging from meter and rhythm to alliteration and melody, provide these writers with evidence of a collective identity, whether national or racial. Through this shared reliance on formal literary effects, national and racial identities, Kerkering shows, are related elements of a single literary history. This is the story of how poetic effects helped to define national identities in Anglo-America as a step toward helping to define racial identities within the United States. This highly original study will command a wide audience of Americanists.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521120968
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm


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Review of the hardback: 'While we are used to thinking about language representing an identity, Kerkering forces us to acknowledge the extent to which poetic forms create these identities. He supports this assertion through a set of nuanced readings that move eloquently from discursive context to textual analysis.' American Literature
'While we are used to thinking about language representing an identity, Kerkering forces us to acknowledge the extent to which poetic forms create these identities. He supports this assertion through a set of nuanced readings that move eloquently from discursive context to textual analysis.' American Literature
"to the extent that Kerkering traces a pattern in his examples he succeeds admirably and often draws illuminating and sometimes suprising connections" - Modern Philology

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