Intimacy in America : dreams of affiliation in antebellum literature / Peter Coviello.

Reading seminal works by Thomas Jefferson, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Walt Whitman, Peter Coviello traces these writers' ambivalences about the idea of an intimate nationality, revealing how race and sexuality were used as vehicles for an assumed coherence. Int...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Coviello, Peter.
Format: Book
Published: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2005.
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Table of Contents:
  • Introduction : "What is it then between us?"
  • Intimate property : race and the civics of self-relation
  • The melancholy of little girls : Poe, pedophilia, and the logic of slavery
  • Bowels and fear : nationalism, sodomy, and whiteness in Moby-Dick
  • Loving strangers : intimacy and nationality in Whitman
  • Epilogue : nation mourns.