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Title Hidden in plain sight : slave capitalism in Poe, Hawthorne, and Joel Chandler Harris / John T. Matthews.
Author Matthews, John T., author.
Publication Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2020]
Description 1 online resource.
Call # eBOOK
Series Mercer University Lamar Memorial Lectures ; no. 58
Mercer University Lamar memorial lectures ; no. 58.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "For as long as the US owed its prosperity to a New World plantation complex, from colonial settlement until well into the twentieth century, the toxic practices associated with its permutations stimulated imaginary solutions to contradiction of the nation's enlightenment ideals and republican ideology. Ideals of liberty, democracy, and individualism could not be separated from a history of forcible coercion, oligarchic power, and state-protected economic opportunism. While recent historical scholarship about what has been called "slavery's capitalism" explores the depths at which US ascension was indebted to global plantation slave economies, Hidden in Plain Sight probes how exemplary works of literature represented a society's determination to deny an open national sore. Difficult truths were hidden in plain sight, allowing beholders at once to recognize and disavow knowledge they would not act upon. What were the habits of mind that enabled free Americans to acknowledge what was intolerable yet act as if they did not? In what ways did non-slave-owning Americans imagine a relation to slavery that both admitted its iniquity and accepted its benefits? How did the reconfiguration of the plantation system after the Civil War, both at home and abroad, elicit new forms for dealing with its perpetuation of racial injustice, expropriation of labor, and exploitation for profit of the land? Hidden in Plain Sight examines exemplary nineteenth century works by Edgar Allen Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Joel Chandler Harris to show how writers portrayed a nation founded on the unseen seen of slavery's capitalism"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Intro -- Half Title -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Foreword -- Acknowledgments -- INTRODUCTION -- CHAPTER 1. Purloined Letters: Poe, Pym, and the Plantation World -- CHAPTER 2. Unreckonable Riches: Hawthorne, Salem, and The House of the Seven Gables -- CHAPTER 3. How Remus Frames Race: The Plantation after the Plantation -- Notes -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- F -- G -- H -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- W -- Y -- Z -- Blank Page
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Subject American fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Denial (Psychology) in literature.
Ignorance (Theory of knowledge) in literature.
Fetishism in literature.
National characteristics, American, in literature.
Literature and society -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Slavery -- United States -- Influence.
Capitalism and literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General.
American fiction. (OCoLC)fst00807048
Capitalism and literature. (OCoLC)fst00846459
Denial (Psychology) in literature. (OCoLC)fst00890332
Fetishism in literature. (OCoLC)fst00923422
Ignorance (Theory of knowledge) in literature. (OCoLC)fst00967064
Literature and society. (OCoLC)fst01000096
National characteristics, American, in literature. (OCoLC)fst01033350
Slavery. (OCoLC)fst01120426
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Related To Print version: Matthews, John T. Hidden in plain sight. Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2020] 9780820356709 (DLC) 2019033212 (OCoLC)1123233122
ISBN 9780820356716 (electronic bk.)
0820356719 (electronic bk.)

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