Unsettled States

9781479857722: Hardback
Release Date: 15th August 2014

9781479889327: Paperback
Release Date: 15th August 2014

9781479818334: PDF
Release Date: 15th August 2014

Dimensions: 153 x 229

Number of Pages: 352

Series America and the Long 19th Century

NYU Press

Unsettled States

Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies

Edited by
Dana Luciano
Ivy Wilson
Hardback / £68.00
Paperback / £21.99
PDF / £24.00

In Unsettled States, Dana Luciano and
Ivy G. Wilson present some of
the most exciting emergent scholarship in American literary and cultural
studies of the “long” nineteenth century. Featuring eleven essays from senior
scholars across the discipline, the book responds to recent critical challenges
to the boundaries, both spatial and temporal, that have traditionally organized
scholarship within the field. The volume considers these recent challenges to
be aftershocks of earlier revolutions in content and method, and it seeks ways
of inhabiting and amplifying the ongoing unsettledness of the field.

by scholars primarily working in the “minor” fields of critical race and ethnic
studies, feminist and gender studies, labor studies, and queer/sexuality
studies, the essays share a minoritarian critical orientation. Minoritarian
criticism, as an aesthetic, political, and ethical project, is dedicated to finding
new connections and possibilities within extant frameworks. Unsettled States seeks to demonstrate
how the goals of minoritarian critique may be actualized without automatic
recourse to a predetermined “minor” location, subject, or critical approach.
Its contributors work to develop practices of reading an “American
literature” in motion, identifying nodes of inquiry attuned to the rhythms of a
field that is always on the move.

Dana Luciano
is Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University. She is the author
of Arranging Grief: Sacred Time and the
Body in Nineteenth-Century America.

Ivy G. Wilson is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Program in American Studies at Northwestern University. His most recent book is Specters of Democracy: Blackness and the Aesthetics of Politics in the Antebellum U.S.