Imagined Empires: Incas, Aztecs, and the New World of American Literature, 1771-1876

Imagined Empires: Incas, Aztecs, and the New World of American Literature, 1771-1876

by Eric Wertheimer
     
 

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Imagined Empires demonstrates that early American culture took great interest in South American civilizations, 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,

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Imagined Empires demonstrates that early American culture took great interest in South American civilizations, 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.

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"[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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521110075
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2009
Series:
Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series , #121
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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