"With beautiful sensitivity to language, Wald offers a unique
blend of nuanced textual analysis and historical interpretation.
The result is a provocative and well researched account of national
stories and the concept of personhood."--Akhil Reed Amar, Yale
"Priscilla Wald's groundbreaking project is a study of American cultural identity in the context of theories of subjectivity and nationalism. "Constituting Americans" makes an important, because controversial, intervention in debates over intercultural analysis of African American and 'ethinc' literatures."--Susan Gilman, University of California, Santa Cruz
Priscilla Wald is Assistant Professor of English at Columbia University and a contributing editor to "American Literary History"