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“Action, Action, Action”: Nineteenth-Century Literature for Twenty-First-Century Citizenship?

Russ Castronovo and Dana D. Nelson

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/9780199730438.013.0024

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 “Action, Action, Action”: Nineteenth-Century Literature for Twenty-First-Century Citizenship?

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This article examines what can be learned from nineteenth-century American literature regarding twenty-first-century citizenship. It investigates how the intellectual project of reading and interpreting American literature can prepare us for the deliberative work of democracy and what American literature tells us about this difficult relationship. The article explores how literature can be read politically, and describes the relevant works of Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown.

Keywords: American literature; citizenship; democracy; Harriet Beecher Stowe; John Brown

Article.  7528 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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