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XenocitizensIlliberal Ontologies in Nineteenth-Century America$
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Jason Berger

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823287758

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823287758.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Xenocitizens

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(p.1) Introduction
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(p.iii) Xenocitizens
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Jason Berger

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823287758.003.0001

The introduction’s first section argues that, amid neoliberal realities, liberalism’s paradigms are in crisis. Positing the concept of “xenocitizen” as a historical way to begin moving past delimiting liberal fantasies, it suggests that contemporary scholarship requires a mode of “actuality without positivism.” The second section uses a hemispheric consideration of Simón de Bolívar’s writing to establish the asymmetrical landscape of nineteenth-century liberalism. Building on these contexts, the last two sections turn directly to the concepts of xenocitizen and ontology: setting the terms of engagement and the conceptual terrain for the chapters that follow.

Keywords:   American Studies, Simón de Bolívar, citizenship, neoliberalism, new materialism, liberalism, nineteenth-century American literature, ontology

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