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Cover -- The Poetics of Sovereignty in American Literature, 1885-1910 -- Series -- Title -- Dedication -- Copyright -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: "An Empire of Letters -- Sovereignty and American Literary Studies -- "An Empire of Letters": The Politics of Literary Mode -- Law and Literature in the Age of Plenary Power -- Chapters -- Chapter 1 "Like a Disembodied Shade": Popular Romancesand the American Imperial State -- "No Middle Ground": Sovereignty between Racial Difference and Racial Uplift -- Romance, Realism, and the Modes of the Imperial State -- Modal Incongruity in the Popular Romance and the Imperial State -- Conventionalizing Contradiction: Romance, Realism, and Narrative Progression in the Popular Romance -- Ordinary Violence and Extraordinary Rule -- Chapter 2 Styling Territory: Mark Twain and the "StupendousJoke" of Imperial Sovereignty -- The Realist and Romantic Territories of Twain's Literary Burlesque -- Styling Territory as Colonial Administration -- Imperial Humor -- Chapter 3 "Twisted from the Ordinary": Naturalism,Sovereignty, and the Conventions of ChineseExclusion -- The Naturalist Mode -- Chinese Exclusion and American Sovereignty -- Administrative Conventions in Jack London's the sea-wolf -- Recoding Sovereignty: Race War and Violence in Naturalist Fiction -- Chapter 4 Acts of Lawless Discretion: Westerns and the Plenary Administration of Native Americans -- "Kill the Indian to Make the Man": Administrative Discretion and the Fatal Politics of Assimilation -- The Western Romance: Owen Wister and Administrative Discretion -- Hamlin Garland: From Local Experience to Administrative Expertise -- From Impressionism to Romance: Garland's Aesthetic Shift -- Zitkala-Sa and an Impressionistic Alternative to the Western Romance.
Chapter 5 Romance and Riot: Charles Chesnutt andthe Conventions of Extralegal Violence inthe Jim Crow South -- Ambivalence and Jim Crow Law -- Social and Political Romances -- Romantic Performance and Racial Politics -- Extralegal Violence and a State of Abandonment -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
The book examines trends in American literature and sheds new light on the legal history of race relations during the Progressive Era.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2019. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.