Manifest and Other Destinies: Territorial Fictions of the Nineteenth-Century United States

Overview


Manifest and Other Destinies critiques Manifest Destiny’s exclusive claim as an explanatory national story in order to rethink the meaning and boundaries of the West and of the United States’ national identity. Stephanie LeMenager considers the American West before it became a trusted symbol of U.S. national character or a distinct literary region in the later nineteenth century, back when the West was undeniably many wests, defined by international economic networks linking diverse territories and peoples from ...
See more details below
Paperback
$22.48
BN.com price
(Save 9%)$24.95 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (4) from $26.04   
  • New (3) from $26.04   
  • Used (1) from $93.99   
Sending request ...

Overview


Manifest and Other Destinies critiques Manifest Destiny’s exclusive claim as an explanatory national story in order to rethink the meaning and boundaries of the West and of the United States’ national identity. Stephanie LeMenager considers the American West before it became a trusted symbol of U.S. national character or a distinct literary region in the later nineteenth century, back when the West was undeniably many wests, defined by international economic networks linking diverse territories and peoples from the Caribbean to the Pacific coast.
 
Many nineteenth-century novelists, explorers, ideologues, and humorists imagined the United States’ destiny in what now seem unfamiliar terms, conceiving of geopolitical configurations or possible worlds at odds with the land hunger and “providential” mission most clearly associated with Manifest Destiny. Manifest and Other Destinies draws from an archive of this literature and rhetoric to offer a creative rereading of national and regional borders. LeMenager addresses both canonical and lesser-known U.S. writers who shared an interest in western environments that resisted settlement, including deserts, rivers, and oceans, and who used these challenging places to invent a postwestern cultural criticism in the nineteenth century.
 
Le Menager highlights the doubts and self-reckonings that developed alongside expansionist fervor and predicted contemporary concerns about the loss of cultural and human values to an emerging global order. In Manifest and Other Destinies, the American West offers the United States its first encounter with worlds at once local and international, worlds that, as time has proven, could never be entirely subordinated to the nation’s imperial desire.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

American Literature

"Manifest and Other Destinies provides an exciting model for denationalizing American studies. . . . LeMenager's strategy of identifying environments that as commercial contact zones once resisted national narratives of settlement brings together in a striking way materialist aspects of New Western history, ecocriticism, and efforts to globalize American literature."—Gretchen Murphy, American Literature

— Gretchen Murphy

Western Historical Quarterly

“In LeMenager’s Manifest and Other Destinies scholars of the American culture can trace contemporary controversy over multi-formity to the very formation of the nation.”—Western Historical Quarterly
Western American Literature

“LeMenager reveals a new significance to the unfamiliar while revivifying and reconfiguring our understandings of the pillars of canonical American literary study.”—Western American Literature
19th Century Studies

“Stephanie LeMenager’s Manifest and Other Destinies presents a richly detailed account of the points of intersection between the regional and the transitional scales.”—Hsuan L. Hsu, 19th Century Studies

Jos� Aranda

"This project is stunningly ambitious, meticulously researched, imaginatively interdisciplinary, and fundamentally radical in its re-reading of the nineteenth century."—José Aranda, author of When We Arrive: A New Literary history of Mexican America
Mark Twain Forum - Jim Zwick

“LeManager’s innovative approach to geographic spaces as social and political constructs will likely provide fuel for though for anyone studying Twain’s regional writings.”—Jim Zwick, Mark Twain Forum
Lawrence Buell

“With subtlety, incisiveness, and erudition, Stephanie LeMenager takes the subject of Manifest Destiny to a sophistication never seen before. . . . This book should be required reading for all serious students of nineteenth-century U. S. literature.”—Lawrence Buell, author Writing for an Endangered World
American Literature - Gretchen Murphy

"Manifest and Other Destinies provides an exciting model for denationalizing American studies. . . . LeMenager's strategy of identifying environments that as commercial contact zones once resisted national narratives of settlement brings together in a striking way materialist aspects of New Western history, ecocriticism, and efforts to globalize American literature."—Gretchen Murphy, American Literature
Western Historical Quarterly

“In LeMenager’s Manifest and Other Destinies scholars of the American culture can trace contemporary controversy over multi-formity to the very formation of the nation.”—Western Historical Quarterly

Western American Literature

“LeMenager reveals a new significance to the unfamiliar while revivifying and reconfiguring our understandings of the pillars of canonical American literary study.”—Western American Literature

19th Century Studies

“Stephanie LeMenager’s Manifest and Other Destinies presents a richly detailed account of the points of intersection between the regional and the transitional scales.”—Hsuan L. Hsu, 19th Century Studies

Jos� Aranda

"This project is stunningly ambitious, meticulously researched, imaginatively interdisciplinary, and fundamentally radical in its re-reading of the nineteenth century."—José Aranda, author of When We Arrive: A New Literary history of Mexican America

Mark Twain Forum

“LeManager’s innovative approach to geographic spaces as social and political constructs will likely provide fuel for though for anyone studying Twain’s regional writings.”—Jim Zwick, Mark Twain Forum

— Jim Zwick

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803218451
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Series: Postwestern Horizons Series
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Stephanie LeMenager is an assistant professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction : manifest and other destinies 1
Inventing the American desert 23
1 The American desert, empire anxiety, and historical romance 31
2 Desert and world 71
3 The postwestern space of the sea 109
The culture of water 139
4 The nation's mouth 145
5 Mark Twain's manifest and other destinies 189
6 Epilogue 221
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)