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American Blood: The Ends of the Family in American Literature, 1850-1900

Holly Jackson


American Blood foregrounds a culture-wide struggle over the definition and value of the family in the nineteenth-century United States. This study offers a new vision of the American novel in this tumultuous period, highlighting works that protest the overvaluation of kinship in American culture, depicting the domestic family as antagonistic to the political enterprise of the United States. Far from venerating the family as the nucleus of the nation, these novels imagine, even welcome, the decline of this institution and the social order it supports. Despite the founders’ concern ... More

Keywords: family, kinship, nineteenth-century American novel, blood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199317042
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199317042.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Holly Jackson, author
University of Massachusetts - Boston