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- DescriptionWhat does it mean to own something? How does a thing become mine? Liberal philosophy since John Locke has championed the salutary effects of private property but has avoided the more difficult questions of property's ontology. Chad Luck argues that antebellum American literature is obsessed with precisely these questions. Reading slave narratives, gothic romances, city-mystery vels, and a range of other property narratives, Luck unearths a wide-ranging literary effort to understand the nature of ownership, the phemelogy of possession. In these antebellum texts, ownership is t an abstract legal form but a lived relation, a dynamic of embodiment emerging within specific cultural spaces-a disputed frontier, a city agitated by class conflict. Luck challenges accounts that map property practice along a trajectory of abstraction and virtualization. The book also reorients recent Americanist work in emotion and affect by detailing a broader phemelogy of ownership, one extending beyond emotion to such sensory experiences as touch, taste, and vision. This productive blend of phemelogy and history uncovers deep-seated anxieties-and enthusiasms-about property across antebellum culture.
- Author BiographyChad Luck is Assistant Professor of English at California State University, San Bernardino.
- Author(s)Chad Luck
- PublisherFordham University Press
- Date of Publication01/10/2015
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFordham University Press
- Content Note1 black & white illustrations
- Weight476 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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