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On Sympathetic Grounds: Race, Gender, and Affective Geographies in Nineteenth-Century North America

Naomi Greyser


On Sympathetic Grounds lays out sympathy’s vital place in shaping North America. The book puts forward a critical method for thinking about sentimentalism as a genre, mode, and political and affective outlook people have used to cultivate a sense of intimacy across distance—that is, an affective geography. Chapters intersperse theoretical reflections on the affective production of space with analyses of valleys that become vales of tears, heart-rending oratory, and weeping rock formations, as well as emplotments of narrative and continent in works by Harriet E. Wilson, Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins ... More

Keywords: sympathy, affect, geopolitics, biopolitics, geoaffect, new materialism, intersectionality, settler colonialism, sentimental, racial blackness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190460983
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190460983.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Naomi Greyser, author
Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and English, University of Iowa