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Settler Common SenseQueerness and Everyday Colonialism in the American Renaissance$
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Mark Rifkin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816690572

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816690572.001.0001

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Romancing the State of Nature

Romancing the State of Nature

Speculation, Regeneration, and the Maine Frontier in House of the Seven Gables

(p.39) 2 Romancing the State of Nature
Settler Common Sense

Mark Rifkin

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter 2 – Nathaniel Hawthorne’s House of the Seven Gables takes up the Lockean assumptions of earlier struggles against elite propertyholding in Maine. In doing so, the text opens up the potential for a non-nuclear vision of homemaking, but it makes non-native labor on the land ethically paradigmatic in ways that efface the persistent presence and claims of Wabanki peoples.

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

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