Cast Down Hardback

Abjection in America, 1700-1850

by Mark J. Miller;

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Cast Down

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Derived from the Latin abiectus, literally meaning "thrown or cast down," "abjection" names the condition of being servile, wretched, or contemptible. In Western religious tradition, to be abject is to submit to bodily suffering or psychological mortification for the good of the soul. In Cast Down: Abjection in America, 1700-1850, Mark J. Miller argues that transatlantic Protestant discourses of abjection engaged with, and furthered the development of, concepts of race and sexuality in the creation of public subjects and public spheres. Miller traces the connection between sentiment, suffering, and publication and the role it played in the movement away from church-based social reform and toward nonsectarian radical rhetoric in the public sphere. He focuses on two periods of rapid transformation: first, the 1730s and '40s, when new models of publication and transportation enabled transatlantic Protestant religious populism, and, second, the 1830s and '40s, when liberal reform movements emerged from nonsectarian religious organizations.
Analyzing eighteenth- and nineteenth-century conversion narratives, personal narratives, sectarian magazines, poems, and novels, Miller shows how church and social reformers used sensational accounts of abjection in their attempts to make the public sphere sacred as a vehicle for political change, especially the abolition of slavery.

Cast Down by Mark J. Miller was published by University of Pennsylvania Press in March 2016. The ISBN for Cast Down is 9780812248029.

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Details for Cast Down

Page last updated 26th April 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press (March 2016)
Number of Pages208
Thickness28 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4375690
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