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Unsettled States: Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies

Dana Luciano and Ivy Wilson


This book presents some of the most exciting emergent scholarship in American literary and cultural studies of the “long” nineteenth century. The book responds to recent critical challenges to the boundaries, both spatial and temporal, that have traditionally organized scholarship within the field. It considers these recent challenges to be aftershocks of earlier revolutions in content and method, and it seeks ways of inhabiting and amplifying the ongoing unsettledness of the field. The chapters share a minoritarian critical orientation. Minoritarian criticism, as an aesthetic, political, and ... More

Keywords: American literature, American culture, minoritarian criticism, nineteenth century, minoritarian critique

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781479857722
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479857722.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dana Luciano, editor

Ivy Wilson, editor

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Front Matter


Dana Luciano

Part I Archives Unbound

Part II States of Exception

5 Unsettled Life

David Kazanjian

7 Feeling Like a State

Glenn Hendler

Part III Speculative Sexualities

9 Eat, Sex, Race

Kyla Wazana Tompkins

10 Connecticut Yankings

Elizabeth Freeman

11 What Came Before

Peter Coviello


Ivy G. Wilson