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Transatlantic vs. Hemispheric: Toni Morrison's Long Nineteenth Century

Anna Brickhouse

in The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199730438
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199730438.013.0009

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Transatlantic vs. Hemispheric: Toni Morrison's Long Nineteenth Century

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This article examines how American literature might be situated in a modern world system of the racialized Atlantic world, focusing on Toni Morrison's A Mercy. It argues that Morrison's 2008 novel meditates powerfully on nineteenth-century American literary history and contends that Morrison's novel can speak as productively to the topic of nineteenth-century American literature as can a novel by James Fenimore Cooper, Nathaniel Hawthorne, or Herman Melville. The article explains that A Mercy stages a series of critical insights into the disciplinary moment of the early twenty-first century, allowing us to acknowledge and to reevaluate the distinct and often competing transatlantic and hemispheric trajectories our field has developed for comprehending the long nineteenth century of the American literary past.

Keywords: American literature; racialized Atlantic world; Toni Morrison; A Mercy; literary history; James Fenimore Cooper; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Herman Melville

Article.  11388 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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