Competing Land Claims and Racial Hierarchies in the Works of Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton, Alexander Posey, Helen Hunt Jackson, and Charles Lummis

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Title:
Competing Land Claims and Racial Hierarchies in the Works of Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton, Alexander Posey, Helen Hunt Jackson, and Charles Lummis
Author:
Szeghi, Tereza
Issue Date:
2007
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
This project explicates the ways in which writers from different cultural groups (Anglo American, American Indian, and Mexican American) used literature to defend the land claims of increasingly marginalized peoples within the United States around the turn of the twentieth century. Each of the writers I discuss (Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton, Alexander Posey, Charles Lummis, and Helen Hunt Jackson) constructs and manipulates racial hierarchies in order to assert the comparative virtues of the cultural group for whom they advocate. I explore each writer's perceptions of proper land use and legitimate land claims and how these perceptions are informed by disparate cultural inheritances. By looking at authors from different backgrounds, writing from different regions in the United States, I am able to establish the frequency with which racialist assumptions guided popular opinion and U.S. law around the turn of the twentieth century--specifically in regards to land claims. I situate my reading of literary works within the historical context that made competitions for land particularly fierce during this period.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton; Alexander Posey; Helen Hunt Jackson; Charles Lummis; land; race; politics
Degree Name:
PhD
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
English; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Cooper Alarcon, Daniel; Kolodny, Annette
Committee Chair:
Cooper Alarcon, Daniel; Kolodny, Annette

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleCompeting Land Claims and Racial Hierarchies in the Works of Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton, Alexander Posey, Helen Hunt Jackson, and Charles Lummisen_US
dc.creatorSzeghi, Terezaen_US
dc.contributor.authorSzeghi, Terezaen_US
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis project explicates the ways in which writers from different cultural groups (Anglo American, American Indian, and Mexican American) used literature to defend the land claims of increasingly marginalized peoples within the United States around the turn of the twentieth century. Each of the writers I discuss (Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton, Alexander Posey, Charles Lummis, and Helen Hunt Jackson) constructs and manipulates racial hierarchies in order to assert the comparative virtues of the cultural group for whom they advocate. I explore each writer's perceptions of proper land use and legitimate land claims and how these perceptions are informed by disparate cultural inheritances. By looking at authors from different backgrounds, writing from different regions in the United States, I am able to establish the frequency with which racialist assumptions guided popular opinion and U.S. law around the turn of the twentieth century--specifically in regards to land claims. I situate my reading of literary works within the historical context that made competitions for land particularly fierce during this period.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectMaria Amparo Ruiz de Burtonen_US
dc.subjectAlexander Poseyen_US
dc.subjectHelen Hunt Jacksonen_US
dc.subjectCharles Lummisen_US
dc.subjectlanden_US
dc.subjectraceen_US
dc.subjectpoliticsen_US
thesis.degree.namePhDen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorCooper Alarcon, Danielen_US
dc.contributor.advisorKolodny, Annetteen_US
dc.contributor.chairCooper Alarcon, Danielen_US
dc.contributor.chairKolodny, Annetteen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberEvers, Larryen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberTapahonso, Lucien_US
dc.identifier.proquest2251en_US
dc.identifier.oclc659748089en_US
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