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 Transnationality and Temporality in Early African American Texts 

Submitted by Adam Pekar on Wed, 11/29/2017 - 12:12

The essay argues that it is necessary to complicate spatial approaches to nationality by an acknowledgment of the equally important function of temporality in the imaginative constructions of the nation. The movement “beyond the nation” is not necessarily only a movement away from a particular territory but can also be a movement away from a particular temporal narrative. Exploring early black abolitionist texts from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, I suggest that while territory and space have been immensely important in the construction of American nationality, more attention needs to be paid to the diversity of temporal discourses in the construction of community and nationhood.

Pisarz-Ramirez, Gabriele. “Transnationality and Temporality in Early African American Texts”. In The International Turn in American Studies, eds. Marietta Messmer and Armin Paul Frank. Interamericana 7 (Frankfurt: Lang, 2015): 209–230.

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