Algerian Captivity and State Autoimmunity

  • Rick Rodriguez
Part of the Pivotal Studies in the Global American Literary Imagination book series (PSGALI)


Focusing on fiction about U.S. conflicts with North African regencies, this chapter explores American literature’s critique of the state’s reaction to its inability to safeguard neither the welfare of its citizens nor the nation’s economic interests. The centralized state that emerges as an immunitary solution to these problems was seen by some as posing a direct threat to local sovereignty and freedom.


Barbary states Captivity Royall Tyler Federalism  Rogue states Immunity Autoimmunity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rick Rodriguez
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  1. 1.Baruch CollegeNew York CityUSA

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