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Published: 19 May 2016

472 Pages | 21 illus.


ISBN: 9780195393682

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Strange Nation

Literary Nationalism and Cultural Conflict in the Age of Poe

J. Gerald Kennedy

  • Shows how writers like Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper, and Catharine M. Sedgwick wrestled with the imperative to revise history and produce national fable
  • Examines counter-narratives by fugitive slaves, Native Americans, and defiant women that subverted literary nationalism by exposing the plight of the unfree and dispossessed
  • Highlights Edgar Allan Poe's disdain for literary nationalism and the celebration of "stupid" books appealing to provincial self-congratulation