Cover: Civic Longing: The Speculative Origins of U.S. Citizenship, from Harvard University PressCover: Civic Longing in HARDCOVER

Civic Longing

The Speculative Origins of U.S. Citizenship

Add to Cart

Product Details


$46.50 • £37.95 • €42.00

ISBN 9780674976153

Publication Date: 01/11/2018


320 pages

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

4 halftones, 1 table


  • I. Reading “Citizenship”
    • Introduction: Citizenship before the Fourteenth Amendment
    • 1. The Retroactive Invention of Citizenship: A Textual History
  • II. The Higher Laws of Citizenship
    • 2. “Citizenship in Heaven”: Biblical Exegesis and the Afterlife of Politics
    • 3. Citizens of Nature: Oceanic Revolutions and the Geopolitics of Personhood
  • III. The Lettered Citizen
    • 4. The Elsewhere of Citizenship: Literary Autonomy and the Fabrication of Allegiance
    • 5. Stateless Fictions: Negative Instruction and the Nationalization of Citizenship
  • Coda: Wong Kim Ark and “The Man Without a Country”
  • Appendix: Bible Translations
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

From Our Blog


Who We Might Have Been, and Who We Will Become

Who among us hasn’t considered what our lives would be like if we had taken alternate paths, made different decisions? Storytellers of every stripe write of the lives we didn’t have, says Andrew H. Miller, author of On Not Being Someone Else: Tales of Our Unled Lives. As we live through a worldwide pandemic, the ideas of what might have been are even more appealing. Much like the adolescents on the verge of adulthood in Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People, Miller tells us, we wait to see what comes next.