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Pivotal Studies in the Global American Literary Imagination

Immunity's Sovereignty and Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Authors: Rodriguez, Rick

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  • Critiques the assumptions of the globalization paradigm that underpins transnational American studies
  • Draws on a selection of early U.S. literary works from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
  • Presents a theoretical mode for engaging with U.S. history applicable for the fields of history, literature, and cultural studies
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Immunity’s Sovereignty and Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century American Literature tracks flashpoint events in U.S. history, constituting a genealogy of the effectiveness and resilience of the concept of immunity in democratic culture. Rick Rodriguez argues that following the American Revolution the former colonies found themselves subject to foreign and domestic threats imperiling their independence. Wars with North African regencies, responses to the Haitian revolution, reactions to the specter and reality of slave rebellion in the antebellum South, and plans to acquire Cuba to ease tensions between the states all constituted immunizing responses that helped define the conceptual and aesthetic protocols by which the U.S. represented itself to itself and to the world’s nations as distinct, exemplary, and vulnerable. Rodriguez examines these events as expressions of an immunitary logic that was—and still is— frequently deployed to legitimate state authority. Rodriguez identifies contradictions in literary texts’ dramatizations of these transnational events and their attending threats, revealing how democracy’s exposure to its own fragility serves as rationale for immunity’s sovereignty. This book shows how early U.S. literature, often conceived as a delivery system for American exceptionalism, is in effect critical of such immunitary discourses.


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Rick Rodriguez is Assistant Professor of English at Baruch College, The City University of New York, USA.

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“Examining such diverse events as the Haitian Revolution, the conflict with the Barbary Coast pirates, the constitutional crisis over slavery in the run-up to the Civil War, and the proposed annexation of Cuba, Immunity’s Sovereignty and Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century American Literature traces the genealogy of a constitutive concept for American Studies, thereby not only illuminating the struggles in those periods covered in the study, but also providing insight into our own situation today.” (Robert T. Tally, Jr., NEH Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and Honorary Professor of International Studies, Texas State University, USA)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook $44.99
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Hardcover $59.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-34012-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Immunity's Sovereignty and Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century American Literature
Authors
Series Title
Pivotal Studies in the Global American Literary Imagination
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-34013-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-34013-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-34012-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 135
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