Publisher description for Race, slavery, and liberalism in nineteenth-century American literature / Arthur Riss.

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Moving boldly between literary analysis and political theory, contemporary and antebellum U.S. culture, Arthur Riss invites readers to rethink prevailing accounts of the relationship between slavery, liberalism, and literary representation. Antebellum debates about liberalism centred around slavery and what it did to the status of the slave as person. Authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Frederick Douglass were at the center of these antebellum debates over the personhood of the slave. This book promises to raise controversial questions for literary critics, political philosophers, historians of U.S. slavery, and other scholars interested in the intersections between race, literature and American intellectual history.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Slavery in literature.
Race in literature.
Liberalism in literature.
African Americans in literature.
Stowe, Harriet Beecher, -- 1811-1896 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Hawthorne, Nathaniel, -- 1804-1864 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Politics and literature -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1783-1865.