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"Partialist" and "Universalist": Figurations of U.S. Exceptionalism in Antebellum Writing
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Humanities, English.
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this paper, I investigate the tension between particularism and universalism at the core of antebellum American exceptionalism. “Particularism” is herein understood as a broader term encompassing “nationalism”, “jingoism”, “sectarianism”, as well as “individualism” and “self-interest”.  As for “universalism”, it is conceived neither in theological terms as the doctrine that all people will be eventually saved, nor as a kind of foreign policy, but as virtually synonymous to “universality”, or the condition and quality of being universal. Taking my cues from one of Emerson’s famous paradoxes, namely that “every man is a partialist… and… every man is a universalist also” (in the essay “Nominalist and Realist”), I proceed to identify and compare representations of particularism and universalism in antebellum writings on U.S. national identity by Emerson, Fuller, Simms, Douglass, and Delany.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-28453OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-28453DiVA, id: diva2:1262849
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Open Covenants: Pasts and Futures of Global America, 10th Biennal Conference of the Swedish Association for American Studies; Stockholm University, Sweden; 28-30 September 2018
Available from: 2018-11-13 Created: 2018-11-13 Last updated: 2018-12-03Bibliographically approved

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