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The Resource Settler Common Sense : Queerness and Everyday Colonialism in the American Renaissance, Mark Rifkin

Settler Common Sense : Queerness and Everyday Colonialism in the American Renaissance, Mark Rifkin

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Settler Common Sense : Queerness and Everyday Colonialism in the American Renaissance
Title
Settler Common Sense
Title remainder
Queerness and Everyday Colonialism in the American Renaissance
Statement of responsibility
Mark Rifkin
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Language
eng
Summary
"In Settler Common Sense, Mark Rifkin explores how canonical American writers take part in the legacy of displacing Native Americans. Although the books he focuses on are not about Indians, they serve as examples of what Rifkin calls "settler common sense," taking for granted the legal and political structure through which Native peoples continue to be dispossessed. In analyzing Nathaniel Hawthorne's House of the Seven Gables, Rifkin shows how the novel draws on Lockean theory in support of small-scale landholding and alternative practices of homemaking. The book invokes white settlers in southern Maine as the basis for its ethics of improvement, eliding the persistent presence of Wabanaki peoples in their homeland. Rifkin suggests that Henry David Thoreau's Walden critiques property ownership as a form of perpetual debt. Thoreau's vision of autoerotic withdrawal into the wilderness, though, depends on recasting spaces from which Native peoples have been dispossessed as places of non-Native regeneration. As against the turn to "nature," Herman Melville's Pierre presents the city as a perversely pleasurable place to escape from inequities of land ownership in the country. Rifkin demonstrates how this account of urban possibility overlooks the fact that the explosive growth of Manhattan in the nineteenth century was possible only because of the extensive and progressive displacement of Iroquois peoples upstate. Rifkin reveals how these texts' queer imaginings rely on treating settler notions of place and personhood as self-evident, erasing the advancing expropriation and occupation of Native lands. Further, he investigates the ways that contemporary queer ethics and politics take such ongoing colonial dynamics as an unexamined framework in developing ideas of freedom and justice."--
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1974-
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Rifkin, Mark
Dewey number
809/.933520397
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PN56.3.I6
LC item number
R54 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • American literature
  • Indians in literature
  • Queer theory
  • Homosexuality in literature
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gay Studies
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / Native American
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Settler Common Sense : Queerness and Everyday Colonialism in the American Renaissance, Mark Rifkin
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-273) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier.
Content category
text
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rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction -- 1. Ordinary Life and the Ethics of Occupation -- 2. Romancing the State of Nature: Speculation, Regeneration, and the Maine Frontier in House of the Seven Gables -- 3. Loving Oneself Like a Nation: Sovereign Selfhood and the Autoerotics of Wilderness in Walden -- 4. Dreaming of Urban Dispersion: Aristocratic Genealogy and Indian Rurality in Pierre
Control code
863200166
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xxii, 293 pages
Isbn
9780816690572
Isbn Type
(hardback : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2013038694
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)863200166
Label
Settler Common Sense : Queerness and Everyday Colonialism in the American Renaissance, Mark Rifkin
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-273) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction -- 1. Ordinary Life and the Ethics of Occupation -- 2. Romancing the State of Nature: Speculation, Regeneration, and the Maine Frontier in House of the Seven Gables -- 3. Loving Oneself Like a Nation: Sovereign Selfhood and the Autoerotics of Wilderness in Walden -- 4. Dreaming of Urban Dispersion: Aristocratic Genealogy and Indian Rurality in Pierre
Control code
863200166
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xxii, 293 pages
Isbn
9780816690572
Isbn Type
(hardback : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2013038694
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)863200166

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