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Civic Longing

The Speculative Origins of U.S. Citizenship

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$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

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