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By Robert S. Levine

American literary nationalism is regularly understood as a cohesive literary culture constructed within the newly self reliant usa that emphasised the original good points of the USA and consciously differentiated American literature from British literature. Robert S. Levine demanding situations this review through exploring the conflicted, multiracial, and contingent dimensions found in the works of past due eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American and African American writers. clash and uncertainty, no longer consensus, Levine argues, helped outline American literary nationalism in this interval.

Levine emphasizes the centrality of either inter- and intra-American clash in his research of 4 illuminating "episodes" of literary responses to questions of U.S. racial nationalism and imperialism. He examines Charles Brockden Brown and the Louisiana buy; David Walker and the debates at the Missouri Compromise; Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Hannah Crafts and the blood-based literary nationalism and expansionism of the mid-nineteenth century; and Frederick Douglass and his nearly forty-year curiosity in Haiti. Levine deals reviews of modern advancements in whiteness and imperialism stories, arguing renewed awareness to where of contingency in American literary background is helping us to higher comprehend and study from writers attempting to make experience in their personal ancient moments.

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