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Xenocitizens: Illiberal Ontologies in Nineteenth-Century America

Jason Berger


Sociality under the sign of liberalism has seemingly come to an end—or, at least, is in dire crisis. Xenocitizens returns to the antebellum United States in order to intervene in a wide field of responses to our present economic and existential precarity. In this incisive study, Berger challenges a shaken but still standing scholarly tradition based on liberal-humanist perspectives. Through the concept of xenocitizen, a synthesis of the terms “xeno,” which connotes alien or stranger, and “citizen,” which signals a naturalized subject of a state, the book uncovers realities and possibilities th ... More

Keywords: antebellum U.S., ecology, liberalism, neoliberalism, nineteenth-century American literature, ontology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780823287758
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823287758.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason Berger, author
University of Houston

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