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The Resource Democracy's Spectacle : Sovereignty and Public Life in Antebellum American Writing, (electronic resource:)

Democracy's Spectacle : Sovereignty and Public Life in Antebellum American Writing, (electronic resource:)

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Democracy's Spectacle : Sovereignty and Public Life in Antebellum American Writing
Title
Democracy's Spectacle
Title remainder
Sovereignty and Public Life in Antebellum American Writing
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eng
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BIP US
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Greiman, Jennifer
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dictionaries
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American Literatures Initiative Ser
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What is the hangman but a servant of law? And what is that law but an expression of public opinion? And if public opinion be brutal and thou a component part thereof, art thou not the hangman's accomplice? Writing in 1842, Lydia Maria Child articulates a crisis in the relationship of democracy to sovereign power that continues to occupy political theory today. Is sovereignty fundamentally inimical to democracy? Or might a more fully realized democracy distribute, share, and popularize sovereignty, thus blunting its exceptional character and basic violence? Drawing on Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, along with work by Gustave de Beaumont, Lydia Maria Child, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville, Greiman tracks the crises of sovereign power as it migrates out of the state to become a constitutive feature of the public sphere. Bringing together literature and political theory, she argues that the antebellum public sphere emerges as a spectacle with investments in both punishment and entertainment
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Democracy's Spectacle : Sovereignty and Public Life in Antebellum American Writing, (electronic resource:)
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ssj0002138688
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unknown
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2nd ed
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1 online resource (292 p.)
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online
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9780823231003
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9780823231003
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(WaSeSS)ssj0002138688
Label
Democracy's Spectacle : Sovereignty and Public Life in Antebellum American Writing, (electronic resource:)
Publication
Control code
ssj0002138688
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
2nd ed
Extent
1 online resource (292 p.)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9780823231003
Other control number
9780823231003
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0002138688

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