Taking inspiration for its title from the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, this book collects essays that examine issues of personal and national liberty, of social, political, and religious expression, and reflect upon the ongoing battle to end discrimination based on race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Retracing the United States’ past, confronting its present, and pondering on its future, Discourse of Emancipation and the Boundaries of Freedom
presents a wide array of disciplinary approaches, from such fields as literature, history, linguistics, cultural studies, gender studies, performance studies, political science, law, and psychology. Grouped in sections according to thematic affinity, the essays collected in this volume are representative of many different points of view about, and methodological approaches to, the concepts of emancipation and freedom. They explore the connection between physicality and the quest for freedom; the defense of identity in the face of racial or ethnic discrimination; the legacy of failed attempts to achieve freedom and justice; the great tradition and the current prominence of nature-related writing as a key to the interpretation of the American experience; the problematic aspects of American freedom as an exportable ideology; the ways in which emancipation and freedom figure in popular culture; the many different facets of collective emancipation, personal emancipation, and empowerment.
received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. He teaches American literature at the University of Trieste and is the President of the Italo-American Association of Friuli Venezia Giulia. His main research interests are in nineteenth-century American literature, Italian American literature, and American television series. He is a contributor to the online Literary Encyclopedia
and a founding member of the Italian American Studies Network. His most recent book is Immigration, Ethnicity, and Class in American Writing, 1830-1860: Reading the Stranger
(Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2013) which is scheduled to come out in paperback in September 2015.
teaches United States History and Women’s and Gender History at the University of Trieste, where she also coordinates the Inter-University (Trieste-Udine) Ph.D. program “History of Societies, Institutions and Thought.” She has been president of the Italian Society of Women Historian, vice-president of the Italian Association for North American Studies, and she is currently member of the executive board of the Italian Society for the Study of Contemporary History. Among her most recent publications: “Gender, Generations, Leadership,”
Journal of American History, 99.3 (2012) and “The International Strategy of African American Women at the Columbian Exposition and Its Legacy: Pan-Africanism, Decolonization and Human Rights,” Moving Bodies, Displaying Nations: National Cultures, Race and Gender in World Expositions
. (Ed. Guido Abbattista, Trieste: EUT, 2014).