On Sympathetic Grounds: Race, Gender, and Affective Geographies in Nineteenth-Century North America

ISBN : 9780190460983

Naomi Greyser
272 Pages
164 x 239 mm
Pub date
Nov 2017
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On Sympathetic Grounds lays out sympathy's vital place in shaping North America. Naomi Greyser intersperses theoretical reflection on the affective production of space with analysis of vales of tears, heart-rending oratory, and emplotment of narrative and land in work by Sojourner Truth, Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, Nathaniel Hawthorne and others.


Introduction; Chapter 1: A Paper Trail of Tears: Sentimental Sovereignty, Indian Removal and Staking Claims on North America; Chapter 2: The Ethical Bind of Sentimentalism:Rhetorical Intimacy in the Public Sphere and the Many Narratives of Sojourner Truth ; Chapter 3: Between Intimacy and Distance, a Neutral Territory: Sentimentalism, Writer's Block and Untouchable Masculinity in The Scarlet Letter ; Chapter 4: Plotting Maidens and Traitors: Sympathy, Displacement and Survivance in the New Southwest; Chapter 5: Do I Not All Thy Sorrows Heed, And Bear Thee on My Heart? Harriet E. Wilson and the Unsympathetic Materialism of White Northern Domesticity; Epilogue

About the author: 

Naomi Greyser is Associate Professor of Rhetoric, English and Gender Studies at the University of Iowa, where she is also executive director of POROI, Iowas Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry

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