488 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 11 illus., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-5872-1
Published: March 2008
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-0669-9
Published: September 2012
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Contains the 2009 Hennig Cohen Prize-winning essay by Hester Blum
In eighteen original essays, the contributors to this collection explore the convergences and divergences of these two extraordinary literary lives. Developing new perspectives on literature, biography, race, gender, and politics, this volume ultimately raises questions that help rewrite the color line in nineteenth-century studies.
Elizabeth Barnes, College of William and Mary
Hester Blum, The Pennsylvania State University
Russ Castronovo, University of Wisconsin-Madison
John Ernest, West Virginia University
William Gleason, Princeton University
Gregory Jay, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Carolyn L. Karcher, Washington, D.C.
Rodrigo Lazo, University of California, Irvine
Maurice S. Lee, Boston University
Robert S. Levine, University of Maryland, College Park
Steven Mailloux, University of California, Irvine
Dana D. Nelson, Vanderbilt University
Samuel Otter, University of California, Berkeley
John Stauffer, Harvard University
Sterling Stuckey, University of California, Riverside
Eric J. Sundquist, University of California, Los Angeles
Elisa Tamarkin, University of California, Irvine
Susan M. Ryan, University of Louisville
David Van Leer, University of California, Davis
Maurice Wallace, Duke University
Robert K. Wallace, Northern Kentucky University
Kenneth W. Warren, University of Chicago
About the Authors
Robert S. Levine is professor of English at the University of Maryland and author or editor of a number of books, including Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and the Politics of Representative Identity and Harriet Beecher Stowe's Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp (both from the University of North Carolina Press).
For more information about Robert S. Levine, visit the Author Page.
Samuel Otter is associate professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of Melville's Anatomies.
For more information about Samuel Otter, visit the Author Page.
"This volume is an example of the most important work being done in American literary studies today. The essays--many of them by high-profile Americanists--work against simple veneration of Douglass and Melville, instead offering incisive and much-needed commentary on the larger debates, tensions, and opportunities within which both authors worked."--Caroline Levander, Rice University
"Representing a range of perspectives generated by some of the most interesting analysts of nineteenth-century U.S. literary and cultural history, this volume makes an exciting and important contribution to the field. It also offers an excellent opportunity to meditate on the project of literary criticism by considering the insights that emerge when scholars are prompted to consider the relationship between two authors who, although both brilliant literary observers of an extraordinary moment, have traditionally been viewed in very different contexts. The result is a collection that will endure and will be taught widely in conjunction with nineteenth-century U.S. literature surveys and history classes."--Priscilla Wald, Duke University