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Race, Romance and Rebellion: Literatures of the Americas in the Nineteenth Century (New World Studies) [Paperback]

Colleen C. O'Brien

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30 Oct 2013 New World Studies
As in many literatures of the New World grappling with issues of slavery and freedom, stories of racial insurrection frequently coincided with stories of cross-racial romance in nineteenth-century U.S. print culture. Colleen O'Brien explores how authors such as Harriet Jacobs, Elizabeth Livermore, and Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda imagined the expansion of race and gender-based rights as a hemispheric affair, drawing together the United States with Africa, Cuba, and other parts of the Caribbean. Placing less familiar women writers in conversation with their more famous contemporaries--Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Lydia Maria Child--O'Brien traces the transnational progress of freedom through the antebellum cultural fascination with cross-racial relationships and insurrections. Her book mines a variety of sources--fiction, political rhetoric, popular journalism, race science, and biblical treatises--to reveal a common concern: a future in which romance and rebellion engender radical social and political transformation.

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O'Brien's astute reading of nineteenth-century novels, her smart choices of which texts to compare, and her evident engagement with the current literary conversation about race, gender, and nationalism make "Race, Romance, and Rebellion" a beautifully written and argued work.--Debra Rosenthal, John Carroll University, author of "Race Mixture in Nineteenth-Century U.S. and Spanish American Fictions: Gender, Culture, and Nation Building"

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Colleen C. O'Brien is Associate Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, Upstate, USA.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative and compelling 21 Oct 2013
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O'Brien's account extends the boundaries of nation and gender in accounting for raced identities in the Americas--an excellent contribution to the field.
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