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The Body of Property – Antebellum American Fiction and the Phenomenology of Possession - Fordham Scholarship Online
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The Body of Property: Antebellum American Fiction and the Phenomenology of Possession

Chad Luck


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. This book argues that antebellum American literature is obsessed with precisely these questions of ownership. Reading slave narratives, gothic romances, city-mystery novels, and a range of other property narratives, this book unearths a wide-ranging literary effort to understand the nature of ownership, the phenomenology of possession. In authors as diverse as Charles ... More

Keywords: American literature, antebellum, property, ownership, phenomenology, embodiment, affect, philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823263004
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823263004.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chad Luck, author
California State University, San Bernardino

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