Constituting «Americanness»: A History of the Concept and Its Representations in Antebellum American Literature by Iulian CananauConstituting «Americanness»: A History of the Concept and Its Representations in Antebellum American Literature by Iulian Cananau

Constituting «Americanness»: A History of the Concept and Its Representations in Antebellum…

byIulian Cananau

Hardcover | February 12, 2015

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This work in cultural history and literary criticism suggests a fresh and fruitful approach to the old notion of Americanness. Following Reinhart Koselleck’s Begriffsgeschichte, the author proposes that Americanness is not an ordinary word, but a concept with a historically specific semantic field. In the three decades before the Civil War, Americanness was constituted at the intersection of several concepts, in different stages of their respective histories; among these, nation, representation, individualism, sympathy, race, and womanhood. By tracing the representations of these concepts in literary texts of the antebellum era and investigating their overlapping with the rhetoric of national identification, this study uncovers some of the meaning of Americanness in that period.
Iulian Cananau is a senior lecturer in American Literature at the University of Gävle (Sweden). Previously, he worked as an assistant professor in American Studies at the English Department of the University of Bucharest. He was the recipient of a Fulbright research grant at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (USA).
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Title:Constituting «Americanness»: A History of the Concept and Its Representations in Antebellum…Format:HardcoverDimensions:8.27 × 5.83 × 0.98 inPublished:February 12, 2015Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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Contents: Americanness – Concept – Literary history – American Studies – Conceptual history – Reinhart Koselleck – Ideology – Antebellum history – Canon – Americanism – Nation – Individualism – Representation – Race – Slavery – Sympathy – Womanhood – R. W. Emerson – H. Melville – H. D. Thoreau – F. Douglass – N. Hawthorne – M. Fuller – E. A. Poe – H. Jacobs – W. Whitman – H. Beecher Stowe.