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Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture : Race, Citizenship, and Law in American Literature Series Number 128 - Gregg D. Crane

Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture

Race, Citizenship, and Law in American Literature Series Number 128


Published: 23rd May 2002
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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 remarkably original book, that will revise the relationship between race and nationalism in American literature.

'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

Higher law in the 1850s
The look of higher law: Harriet Beecher Stowe's antislavery fiction
Cosmopolitan constitutionalism: Emerson and Douglass
The positivist alternative
Charles Chesnutt and Moorfield Storey: citizenship and the flux of contract
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ISBN: 9780521010931
ISBN-10: 0521010934
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 23rd May 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.43