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Sacred geographies: Religion, race, and the Holy Land in U.S. literature, 1819--1920

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dc.contributor.advisor Levander, Caroline Field
dc.creator Robey, Molly K.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-25T01:38:08Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-25T01:38:08Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1911/61800
dc.description.abstract This dissertation explores how representations of the Holy Land shaped nineteenth-century Americans' conceptions of racial identity in the emerging United States. In the nineteenth century, Americans physically encountered Palestine for the first time, exploring, mapping, and essentially inventing the Holy Land during a century of U.S. nation-building, expansion, and imperialism. "Sacred Geographies" reveals how the Holy Land provided a durable and fertile resource for writers wrestling with the place of race in the burgeoning nation. Analyzing a variety of "national" writings, including frontier romances, Gothic tales, slave narratives, and domestic novels, I demonstrate U.S. writers' engagement with a rapidly growing Holy Land industry. Attention to this often overlooked fascination with the Holy Land highlights the interdependence of racial and religious histories in U.S. culture. By examining the Holy Land's fundamental impact on U.S. perceptions of racial and national belonging, "Sacred Geographies" exposes the flexibility of the racial categories used to constitute U.S. culture, and it demonstrates the vital role religious identity played in the development of U.S. racial ideologies.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject Religion, General
History, Middle Eastern
Literature, American
dc.title Sacred geographies: Religion, race, and the Holy Land in U.S. literature, 1819--1920
dc.type.genre Thesis
dc.type.material Text
thesis.degree.discipline History
thesis.degree.discipline Religion
thesis.degree.discipline Literature
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy
dc.identifier.citation Robey, Molly K.. (2009) "Sacred geographies: Religion, race, and the Holy Land in U.S. literature, 1819--1920." Doctoral Thesis, Rice University. http://hdl.handle.net/1911/61800.

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