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Death Rights


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1. Liberty and Death

2. Chained to Life and Misery

3. Writ in Water

4. In Sympathy

5. Marvelous Boys


About the Author

Deanna P. Koretsky is Assistant Professor of English at Spelman College.


"[Koretsky engages] with not only canonical romantic texts but also those that have resisted (or been resisted by) canonization. She gives weight to both Wollstonecraft and Mattie Jackson, reads Frankenstein against Destroyer, places Chatterton next to Cobain next to 'Clout Cobain.' In doing so, she shows the way that these texts have been misread, under-read, or read along deliberate and occlusive lines, and, through her own analysis, demonstrates ways of reading that are rich, resistant, and offer new considerations of romantic constructions and their legacies. Death Rights is an engaging and essential contribution to not only nineteenth-century studies as a whole, but also studies of whiteness, slavery and abolition, and suicide." — Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies

"…Death Rights is daring, original, and a valuable contribution to a scholarly conversation on race and rights that is a long time coming." — European Romantic Review

"This timely and sensitively written book raises pertinent questions about the possibilities and limits of the liberal imaginary that obliterates difference and the exclusionary politics of who is considered worthy of personhood, agency, citizenship, humanity, and inclusion. More importantly, the book does this at a time when, as per the report published in 2019 by the US Congressional Black Caucus, suicide is the second leading cause of death among African American teenagers. The Black Lives Matter movement makes the book even more relevant for scholars interested in the Romantic age, intersectional identities, and the philosophy and politics of liberal modernity." — H-Net Reviews (H-Death)

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