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Wharton - 1 - Kerkering, John D. The Poetics of National and Racial Identity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature . University Press, Cambridge. 2003. John D. Kerkering’s book, The Poetics of National and Racial Identity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature , dissects the literary history of racial and national identity of nineteenth-century American literature. Kerkering draws his conclusions by examining the tactics that nineteenth century authors such as Sir Walter Scott, William Gilmore Simms, and W.E.B. DuBois used in their writings to show views of national and racial identity. Kerkering examines Sir Walter Scott’s ability to motivate Scotsmen in Letters of Malachi Malagrowther . The focal point of Kerkering’s examination of Scott is the 1826 currency reform in all of Great Britain. Scott created Malagrowther in order to instill a sense of nationalism in the Scottish. Kerkering writes, “[H]is contribution to the debate involved… the creation of a persona, Malachi Malagrowther… Occupying the position of antiquarian cultural nationalism” (Kerkering 37). Sir Walter Scott “experiments with an allegorical form of this displacement, imagining that the Scottish national meter embedded
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Wharton - 2 - within an English language poem corresponds to Scottish national habits embedded within an English-speaking subject” (Kerkering 8). Sir
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