Remapping Citizenship and the Nation in African-American Literature

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-09-08
  • Publisher: Routledge

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In this study, Knadler examines how African American writers, often traveling to the margins of a nineteenth and early twentieth-century U.S. Empire, developed sets of cross-racial, cross-national identifications, sympathies and alliances that caused them to challenge dominant ideas of U.S. nationalism, democracy and citizenship.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Black Politics and Diasporic Intimacy: Remapping the Nation and Citizenshipp. 1
Transnational Citizenship in the "Golden Age of Black Nationalism"
"To Breathe Central America": Hemispheric Interplays and Martin Delany's Imagining of Citizenship in the Colored Republicp. 29
Fashioning Democracy in America: Eliza Potter, Elizabeth Keckley and Black Working-Class Women in the Consumer Republicp. 58
Trans-American Seductions and Creolized Black Reconstruction: The Imagining of Democratic Agency in Post-Civil War African-American Fictionp. 84
Reconstructing Black Citizenship at the Age of Empire
Accommodated Citizenship: Black Cowboys and the Borderland Westp. 117
Sensationalizing Patriotism: Sutton Griggs and the Sentimental Nationalism of Citizen Tomp. 143
Policing the Isthmus: The Contested Transpacific Geography of a New World Negrop. 162
Epilogue: The Signifyin(g) Monkey Round the Worldp. 185
Notesp. 191
Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 227
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