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America’s England: Antebellum Literature and Atlantic Sectionalism

Christopher Hanlon

Abstract

America’s England examines the patterns of affiliation through which U.S. writers, public intellectuals, politicians, and aesthetes encoded the political turmoil of antebellum America in a transatlantic constellation. Demonstrating that English genealogies, geographies, and economics encoded the sectional crisis for antebellum Americans on both sides of the Mason-Dixon, it locates many of the crisis points of 1830s, 40s, 50s, and 60s America in a broader cisatlantic struggle over transatlantic connection. Through engagement with contemporaneous renditions of English race, history, ... More

Keywords: American literature, Antebellum history, sectionalism, transatlantic studies, Ralph Waldo Emerson, slavery, romanticism, the Civil War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199937585
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937585.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Hanlon, author
Eastern Illinois University

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