By John D. Kerkering

John D. Kerkering's research examines the literary historical past of racial and nationwide id in nineteenth-century the United States. Kerkering argues that writers resembling DuBois, Lanier, Simms, and Scott used poetic results to claim the uniqueness of definite teams in a diffuse social panorama. Kerkering explores poetry's formal homes, its sound results, as they intersect with the problems of race and state. He indicates how formal results, starting from meter and rhythm to alliteration and melody, offer those writers with facts of a collective id, no matter if nationwide or racial. via this shared reliance on formal literary results, nationwide and racial identities, Kerkering indicates, are similar components of a unmarried literary historical past. this can be the tale of the way poetic results helped to outline nationwide identities in Anglo-America as a step towards assisting to outline racial identities in the usa. This hugely unique research will command a large viewers of Americanists.

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