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The Body of PropertyAntebellum American Fiction and the Phenomenology of Possession$
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Chad Luck

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263004

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263004.001.0001

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Epilogue. Wisconsin, 2004:

Epilogue. Wisconsin, 2004:

Racial Violence and the Bodies of Property

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The Body of Property
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Chad Luck

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823263004.003.0006

This final chapter examines the violent 2004 killing of several Wisconsin hunters in light of the property issues raised over the course of the book. The tragic property dispute between Hmong immigrant Chai Soua Vang and a group of white hunters is used to underscore the complex interrelationship of ownership practices, spatial demarcation, and embodied experience. Contemporary American society, this chapter suggests, is still powerfully influenced by phenomenologies of possession, the same phenomenologies first explored by American writers across the antebellum period.

Keywords:   Wisconsin, killing, Chai Soua Vang, Hmong, phenomenology, ownership, antebellum, American society

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