By John D. Kerkering

John D. Kerkering's research examines the literary heritage of racial and nationwide id in nineteenth-century the United States. Kerkering argues that writers corresponding to DuBois, Lanier, Simms, and Scott used poetic results to say the uniqueness of convinced teams in a diffuse social panorama. Kerkering explores poetry's formal houses, its sound results, as they intersect with the problems of race and country. He exhibits how formal results, starting from meter and rhythm to alliteration and melody, offer those writers with facts of a collective identification, even if nationwide or racial. via this shared reliance on formal literary results, nationwide and racial identities, Kerkering exhibits, are comparable parts of a unmarried literary background. this can be the tale of the way poetic results helped to outline nationwide identities in Anglo-America as a step towards aiding to outline racial identities in the usa. This hugely unique learn will command a large viewers of Americanists.

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