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“Constituting Americans does more than immensely enrich current scholarship on nationalism, subjectivity, and U.S. literature and culture. By ranging in its objects of study from law, journalism, psychology, and history to sociology and political documents, it also sets a standard for the contribution of literary criticism to interdisciplinary study.” — Maggie Sale, American Literature
“Constituting Americans does more than immensely enrich current scholarship on nationalism, subjectivity, and U.S. literature and culture. By ranging in its objects of study from law, journalism, psychology, and history to sociology and political documents, it also sets a standard for the contribution of literary criticism to interdisciplinary study.” —Maggie Sale, American Literature
"Priscilla Wald’s groundbreaking project is a study of American cultural identity in the context of theories of subjectivity and nationalism. Constituting Americans makes an important, because controversial, intervention in debates over intercultural analysis of African American and ‘ethinc’ literatures." — Susan Gilman, University of California, Santa Cruz
"With beautiful sensitivity to language, Wald offers a unique blend of nuanced textual analysis and historical interpretation. The result is a provocative and well researched account of national stories and the concept of personhood." — Akhil Reed Amar, Yale Law School
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Priscilla Wald is Assistant Professor of English at Columbia University and a contributing editor to American Literary History
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