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Emergent Worlds: Alternative States in Nineteenth-Century American Culture

Edward Sugden


Emergent Worlds reframes the modernity of nineteenth-century America by displacing three central critical narratives about the era: the westward spread of imperialism, the redemptionist story of black freedom, and the notion that the United States constituted a new world. It begins by identifying dissonant forms of time that ought not to have existed if these three metanarratives were total: chance on a Pacific whaling vessel, a calm on a Caribbean slave ship, and a near apocalypse on an Atlantic merchant ship. These oceanic times provide a gateway into larger historical and geographical frame ... More

Keywords: time, modernity, world-system, emergent, oceanic, interstices, genres, nineteenth-century America, transitional

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781479899692
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479899692.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward Sugden, author
King's College London