Hidden in plain sight : slave capitalism in Poe, Hawthorne, and Joel Chandler Harris / John T. Matthews.

By: Matthews, John T [author.]Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks; Mercer University Lamar Memorial Lectures ; no. 58Publisher: Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2020]Description: 1 online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780820356716; 0820356719Subject(s): 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 | Slavery -- Economic aspects -- United States | LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General | American fiction | Capitalism and literature | Denial (Psychology) in literature | Fetishism in literature | Ignorance (Theory of knowledge) in literature | Literature and society | National characteristics, American, in literature | Slavery | United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books. | Criticism, interpretation, etc. | History.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Hidden in plain sight.DDC classification: 813/.309355 LOC classification: PS377 | .M38 2020Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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
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.
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"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.

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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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JOHN T. MATTHEWS is a professor of English at Boston University. His research focuses on American literature, modernist studies, literary theory, and literature of the U.S. South, with special attention to William Faulkner. He is the author of The Play of Faulkner's Language and William Faulkner: Seeing through the South .

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