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Apocalyptic sentimentalism : love and fear in U.S. antebellum literature, Kevin Pelletier

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Apocalyptic sentimentalism : love and fear in U.S. antebellum literature
Title
Apocalyptic sentimentalism
Title remainder
love and fear in U.S. antebellum literature
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Kevin Pelletier
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  • Love and fear in U.S. antebellum literature
  • Love and fear in United States antebellum literature
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "In contrast to the prevailing scholarly con-sensus that understands sentimentality to be grounded on a logic of love and sympathy, Apocalyptic Sentimentalism demonstrates that in order for sentimentality to work as an antislavery engine, it needed to be linked to its seeming opposite--fear, especially the fear of God's wrath. Most antislavery reformers recognized that calls for love and sympathy or the representation of suffering slaves would not lead an audience to "feel right" or to actively oppose slavery. The threat of God's apocalyptic vengeance--and the terror that this threat inspired--functioned within the tradition of abolitionist sentimentality as a necessary goad for sympathy and love. Fear, then, was at the center of nineteenth-century sentimental strategies for inciting antislavery reform, bolstering love when love faltered, and operating as a powerful mechanism for establishing interracial sympathy. Depictions of God's apocalyptic vengeance constituted the most efficient strategy for antislavery writers to generate a sense of terror in their audience. Focusing on a range of important anti-slavery figures, including David Walker, Nat Turner, Maria Stewart, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Brown, Apocalyptic Sentimentalism illustrates how antislavery discourse worked to redefine violence and vengeance as the ultimate expression (rather than denial) of love and sympathy. At the sametime, these warnings of apocalyptic retribution enabled antislavery writers to express, albeit indirectly, fantasies of brutal violence against slaveholders. What began as a sentimental strategy quickly became an incendiary gesture, with antislavery reformers envisioning the complete annihilation of slaveholders and defenders of slavery"--
  • "Situated at the intersection of love and fear, Apocalyptic Sentimentalism proposes a new genealogy for understanding literary sentimentalism as a complex negotiation of seemingly oppositional emotional economies. In the manuscript, Kevin Pelletier investigates the convergence of emergent sentimental practices with the fire and brimstone rhetoric of evangelical Christianity. Its aims are threefold: 1) to demonstrate that prophecies of apocalypse, and the fear they stimulate, are foundational to the U.S. sentimental tradition; 2) to analyze how abolitionist and antislavery writers adopted and revised the rhetoric of apocalyptic sentimentality in the years leading up to the Civil War; and 3) to examine how this discourse of apocalyptic sentimentalism was used to produce an innovative theory of selfhood, one that challenged the then-prevalent notion that African Americans were inherently inferior--physically, emotionally, and intellectually--than whites. The works of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass, Martin Delany, and others are discussed, as Pelletier works to uncover this ignored tradition and demonstrate how nineteenth-century apocalyptic sentimentalists produced messianic selfhood in order to subvert established racial hierarchies"--
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1975-
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Pelletier, Kevin
Dewey number
810.9/003
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • American literature
  • Slavery in literature
  • Antislavery movements in literature
  • Apocalyptic literature
  • African Americans in literature
  • Emotions in literature
  • Literature and society
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Apocalyptic sentimentalism : love and fear in U.S. antebellum literature, Kevin Pelletier
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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multicolored
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1 online resource
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online
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9780820347738
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(OCoLC)895048553
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Apocalyptic sentimentalism : love and fear in U.S. antebellum literature, Kevin Pelletier
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Control code
ocn895048553
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780820347738
Level of compression
unknown
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)895048553

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