American Travel and Empire

American Travel and Empire

by David Seed
     
 

In this volume, leading scholars examine the interfaces between narratives of travel and empire. Including both writing about America by visitors and the travel writing of Americans abroad, this collection explores the ways in which descriptions of the landscapes and peoples of colonized areas shaped our perceptions, as well as other issues related to the American

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Overview

In this volume, leading scholars examine the interfaces between narratives of travel and empire. Including both writing about America by visitors and the travel writing of Americans abroad, this collection explores the ways in which descriptions of the landscapes and peoples of colonized areas shaped our perceptions, as well as other issues related to the American empire, such as the transmission of images and metaphor between colony and metropolis, the portrayal of cultures as primitive or wild, the cultural and economic hegemony underlying American and European travel writing, and the deployment of cultural encounters to reinforce sovereign cultural practices.

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From the Publisher
"This expansive and diverse collection demonstrates that the concept of empire was, as it continues to be, a formative and framing presence in American travel writing."—Journal of American Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846311802
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
Publication date:
09/15/2009
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

David Seed is professor of American literature at the University of Liverpool. His many publications include American Science Fiction and the Cold War. Susan Castillo is the Harriett Beecher Stowe Professor of American Literature at King’s College London.

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