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Strange Nation: Literary Nationalism and Cultural Conflict in the Age of Poe

J. Gerald Kennedy


After the War of 1812, Americans belatedly realized that they lacked national identity. The subsequent campaign to articulate nationality transformed every facet of culture from architecture to painting, and in the realm of letters, literary jingoism embroiled American authors in the heated politics of nationalism. The age demanded stirring images of US virtue, often achieved by contriving myths and obscuring brutalities. Between these sanitized narratives of the nation and US social reality lay a grotesque discontinuity. Official culture masked the unresolved contradictions of US nationhood—w ... More

Keywords: American identity, literary nationalism, national narratives, US nationhood, contradictions, strangeness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780195393682
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393682.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Gerald Kennedy, author
Boyd Professor of English, Louisiana State University