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The Uses of Variety

Modern Americanism and the Quest for National Distinctiveness

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$75.00 • £60.95 • €67.50

ISBN 9780674003088

Publication Date: 02/15/2001


400 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

6 halftones


  • List of Illustrations
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction: Americanizing Variety
  • I. The Ideological Formation of Pluralism
    • 1. William James and the Modern Federal Republic
    • 2. Identity Culture and Cosmopolitanism
  • II. The Aesthetics of Diversity
    • 3. The Uneven Development of American Regionalism
    • 4. The Urban Picturesque and Americanization
  • III. Heterogeneous Unions
    • 5. Biracial Fictions and the Mendelist Allegory
    • 6. East Meets West at the World’s Parliament of Religions
  • Afterword: In Defense of Partiality
  • Notes
  • Works Cited
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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