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The Body of Property: Antebellum American Fiction and the Phenomenology of Possession (Hardback)

Chad Luck

Edité par Fordham University Press, United States, 2014
ISBN 10: 0823263002 / ISBN 13: 9780823263004
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Titre : The Body of Property: Antebellum American ...

Éditeur : Fordham University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2014

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. What does it mean to own something? How does a thing become mine? Liberal philosophy since John Locke has championed the salutary effects of private property but has avoided the more difficult questions of property s ontology. Chad Luck argues that antebellum American literature is obsessed with precisely these questions. Reading slave narratives, gothic romances, city-mystery novels, and a range of other property narratives, Luck unearths a wide-ranging literary effort to understand the nature of ownership, the phenomenology of possession. In these antebellum texts, ownership is not an abstract legal form but a lived relation, a dynamic of embodiment emerging within specific cultural spaces-a disputed frontier, a city agitated by class conflict. Luck challenges accounts that map property practice along a trajectory of abstraction and virtualization. The book also reorients recent Americanist work in emotion and affect by detailing a broader phenomenology of ownership, one extending beyond emotion to such sensory experiences as touch, taste, and vision. This productive blend of phenomenology and history uncovers deep-seated anxieties-and enthusiasms-about property across antebellum culture. N° de réf. du libraire AAJ9780823263004

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Synopsis : The Body of Property begins with two questions that have long haunted Anglo-American political and economic theory: what does it mean to own something, and how does a thing become mine? While liberal philosophy since John Locke has championed the salutary effects of private property its economic efficiency, its role in self-development, etc. that same philosophy has conspicuously avoided asking more difficult questions about the nature, about the ontology of property itself. In The Body of Property, Chad Luck argues that antebellum American literature is obsessed with precisely these questions. Reading slave narratives, gothic romances, city-mystery novels, and a range of other property narratives, Luck unearths a wide-ranging literary effort to understand the nature and complexity of ownership. Antebellum writers, he contends, map out a rich phenomenology of possession, an embodied counter-history of property at odds with the prevailing legal view of property as a mere product of codes and discourses. Ownership is not an abstract legal form in these texts but a lived relation, a dynamic of embodiment emerging within specific cultural spaces a disputed frontier, a city agitated by class conflict each of which stamps that embodiment with a particular place and time. Employing an innovative phenomenological approach that combines careful historical work with an array of European philosophies, The Body of Property challenges existing narratives of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century property practice, narratives that see it as a trajectory of abstraction and "virtualization." At the same time, the book expands the purview of recent Americanist studies in emotion and affect by detailing a broader phenomenology of ownership, one that includes not just emotion but also sensory experiences such as touch, taste, and vision. This productive blend of phenomenology and history uncovers deep-seated anxieties about property across antebellum culture: in clashes on the Native American frontier, in the gendered economies of the middle-class home, in the debt dynamics of the plantation, and in the working-class rebellions of the city.

Synopsis: What does it mean to own something? How does a thing become mine? Liberal philosophy since John Locke has championed the salutary effects of private property but has avoided the more difficult questions of property's ontology. Chad Luck argues that antebellum American literature is obsessed with precisely these questions. Reading slave narratives, gothic romances, city-mystery novels, and a range of other property narratives, Luck unearths a wide-ranging literary effort to understand the nature of ownership, the phenomenology of possession. In these antebellum texts, ownership is not an abstract legal form but a lived relation, a dynamic of embodiment emerging within specific cultural spaces a disputed frontier, a city agitated by class conflict. Luck challenges accounts that map property practice along a trajectory of abstraction and "virtualization." The book also reorients recent Americanist work in emotion and affect by detailing a broader phenomenology of ownership, one extending beyond emotion to such sensory experiences as touch, taste, and vision. This productive blend of phenomenology and history uncovers deep-seated anxieties and enthusiasms about property across antebellum culture.

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