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Pratt, Lloyd, 1967-
Archives of American time : literature and modernity in the nineteenth century / Lloyd Pratt
Alternate Title Literature and modernity in the nineteenth century
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2010
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 4th Floor  PS217.T56 P73 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism
Time in literature
Time -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Group identity -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Modernism (Literature) -- United States
National characteristics, American, in literature
Physical Description 252 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [229]-239) and index
Summary This book examines American literature's figures and forms to disclose the competing temporalities that in fact defined the antebellum period. Through discussions that link literature's essential qualities to social theories of modernity, Lloyd Pratt asserts that the competition between these varied temporalities forestalled the consolidation of nation and racial identity.--[book jacket]
Contents Introduction: Written to the future -- Figures of print, orders of time, and the character of American modernity -- "A magnificent fragment" : dialects of time and the American historical romance -- Local time : southwestern humor and nineteenth-century literary regionalism -- The deprivation of time in African American life writing -- Epilogue: The spatial turn and the scale of freedom

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