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 / £65.00
Paperback / £20.99
PDF / £24.00

In Unsettled States, Dana Luciano andIvy G. Wilson present some ofthe most exciting emergent scholarship in American literary and culturalstudies of the “long” nineteenth century. Featuring eleven essays from seniorscholars across the discipline, the book responds to recent critical challengesto the boundaries, both spatial and temporal, that have traditionally organizedscholarship within the field. The volume considers these recent challenges tobe aftershocks of earlier revolutions in content and method, and it seeks waysof inhabiting and amplifying the ongoing unsettledness of the field.

Writtenby scholars primarily working in the “minor” fields of critical race and ethnicstudies, feminist and gender studies, labor studies, and queer/sexualitystudies, the essays share a minoritarian critical orientation. Minoritariancriticism, as an aesthetic, political, and ethical project, is dedicated to findingnew connections and possibilities within extant frameworks. Unsettled States seeks to demonstratehow the goals of minoritarian critique may be actualized without automaticrecourse to a predetermined “minor” location, subject, or critical approach.Its contributors work to develop practices of reading an “Americanliterature” in motion, identifying nodes of inquiry attuned to the rhythms of afield that is always on the move.

Introduction: On Moving Ground 1 Dana Luciano
Part I: Archives Unbound
1. Confederates in the Hispanic Attic: The Archive against Itself 31 Rodrigo Lazo
2. Historical Totality and the African American Archive 55 Lloyd Pratt
3. Race, Reenactment, and the “Natural-Born Citizen” 76 Tavia Nyong’o
4. Doing Justice to the Archive: Beyond Literature 103 Shelley Streeby
Part II: States of Exception
5. Unsettled Life: Early Liberia’s Epistolary Equivocations 119 David Kazanjian
6. The News at the Ends of the Earth: Polar Periodicals 158 Hester Blum
7. Feeling Like a State: Writing the 1863 New York City Draft Riots 189 Glenn Hendler
8. Impersonating the State of Exception 232 Jonathan Elmer
Part III: Speculative Sexualities
9. Eat, Sex, Race 245 Kyla Wazana Tompkins
10. Connecticut Yankings: Mark Twain and the Masturbating Dude 275 Elizabeth Freeman
11. What Came Before 298 Peter Coviello
P.S.: A Coda 307 Ivy G. Wilson
About the Contributors 315
Index 317

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.

Unsettled States sheds light on the papers long swept under the rug ranging from early Hispanic literature to polar periodicals.  More importantly, the authors of the articles conscientiously build up their discussions in relation to contemporary literature and critical theory, which makes the collection even more distinguishing and valuable for the twenty-first century reader.”-American Studies Journal

“Innovative and thought-provoking, this collection will be of broad interest, opening up discussions on an array of texts, critical approaches, and developing conversations in the study of of nineteenth-century literature. With essays that are accessible, lucid, and utterly fascinating, Unsettled States offers arresting analyses and makes a real contribution to the field.”-Dana Nelson,author of Bad for Democracy