Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture: Imagined Empires: Incas, Aztecs, and the New World of American Literature, 1771-1876 Series Number 121 (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture: Imagined Empires: Incas, Aztecs, and the New World of American Literature, 1771-1876 Series Number 121 (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 28/11/1998
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Imagined Empires, first published in 1999, demonstrates that early American culture, and in particular literature, took great interest in South American civilisations, especially the Incas and Aztecs, and in so doing made a statement about the role of the United States as an empire in the emerging political order of New World colonies and states. By examining the work of Philip Freneau, Joel Barlow, William Prescott, Herman Melville, and Walt Whitman, the long-contested concept of 'indigenous origins' is given expanded meaning beyond traditional critiques of American culture. Eric Wertheimer recovers the Incas and Aztecs in Anglo-American literature, and thus sheds new light on national sovereignty, identity and the development of an American history narrative.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521622295
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 550 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"[The book] will stand as an important study of the literature of "'America' portendedand hoped for in New Worlds to come."" Ralph Bauer, American Litersture
"Recommended for graduate and research collections." Choice

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