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From the Publisher"Iannini skillfully incorporates leading scholarship in early American studies to suggest new directions for an ecocriticism that remains bound within national borders and that takes for granted strict categories of place. Required reading."
-Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment
"Fatal Revolutions is a significant contribution . . . in recent studies of the relationship between natural history and literary culture in European colonies in the Americas."
-Journal of American History
"Fatal Revolutions is a book of outstanding scholarship that will be of interest to a wide range of readers interested in Atlantic history, colonial nature, slavery, and "plants and empires." It is also a beautifully produced volume, sporting numerous striking illustrations that Iannini analyses with acumen and skill."
-Archives of Natural History
"[A] short, dense, and rewarding series of essays on writers on nature in the lower South and the West Indies. . . . Iannini is to be applauded for showing how [literary nationalism was] both more central to eighteenth-century discourse than has been usually appreciated and also more useful for understanding how modernity was expressed in the Americas."
-American Historical Review
"Extensively researched and historically grounded, Fatal Revolutions is an important addition to eighteenth-century literary and cultural studies. It argues convincingly for the significance of the Caribbean, and particularly the complex discourses of natural history representing it, in British American thinking about race, nations, and enlightened culture. Iannini unearths a vast archive and leads us to reconceive the spatial and linguistic boundaries of colonial and early national study."—Philip Gould, Brown University