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History, Abolition, and the Ever-Present Now in Antebellum American Writing

Jeffrey Insko

Abstract

The Ever-Present Now examines the meaning and possibilities of the present and its relationship to history and historicity in a number of literary texts of the past; specifically, the writings of several familiar figures in antebellum U.S. literary history—some, but not all of whom we associate with the period’s Romantic movement. Anchored by the impatient temporality of immediatist abolitionists, the book recovers some of the political force of Romanticism, which becomes clear when we foreground time, especially the time of now. Through close readings of texts by figures as different as Washi ... More

Keywords: presentism, time, temporality, literary history, immediatism, Romanticism, abolition, historiography, impatience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198825647
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198825647.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Insko, author
Associate Professor, Director of American Studies, Oakland University