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American Enchantment: Rituals of the People in the Post-Revolutionary World

Michelle Sizemore


This book investigates the post-revolutionary rituals and discourses of enchantment, a category of mystical experience uniquely capable of producing new forms of popular power and social affiliation. American Enchantment views this phenomenon as a response to a signature problem in post-revolutionary culture: how to represent the people in the absence of the king’s body and other traditional monarchical forms. In the early United States, this absence inaugurates new attempts to conjure the people and to reconstruct the symbolic order. For many in this era, these efforts converge on enchantment ... More

Keywords: enchantment, the people, rituals, revolution, sovereignty, supernatural, time

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190627539
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190627539.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michelle Sizemore, author
Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky

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