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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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Loving Oneself Like a Nation

Loving Oneself Like a Nation

Sovereign Self hood and the Autoerotics of Wilderness in Walden

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(p.91) 3 Loving Oneself Like a Nation
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Settler Common Sense
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Mark Rifkin

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816690572.003.0003

Chapter 3 – In critiquing the debt produced by the effort to own property, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden develops an autoerotic vision of selfhood based on withdrawal into the space of “nature.” That vision, though, takes existing accounts of the peculiarity of Native landholding as the basis for imagining the potential for non-native exploration and reverie.

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

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