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Settler Common Sense: Queerness and Everyday Colonialism in the American Renaissance

Mark Rifkin


Settler Common Sense considers how writings by several canonical mid-nineteenth-century authors that are not “about” Indians still participate in processes of settler colonialism. More than focusing on the ways Native peoples are treated and imagined by non-natives, the book illustrates how the legal concepts, practices, and geographies developed in claiming Native lands and displacing Native peoples live on in the everyday lives of non-natives even when political struggles with Native peoples seem to be of the past. Rifkin shows how authors implicitly draw on such ongoing histories as the bac ... More

Keywords: queer studies, settler colonialism, phenomenology, canonical writers, self-determination, American literature, Indigenous studies, personhood, place-making

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780816690572
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816690572.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Rifkin, author