The Cultural Geography of Colonial American Literatures: Empire, Travel, Modernity

The Cultural Geography of Colonial American Literatures: Empire, Travel, Modernity

by Ralph Bauer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521100321

ISBN-13: 9780521100328

Pub. Date: 01/18/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Ralph Bauer presents a comparative investigation of colonial prose narratives in Spanish and British America from 1542 to 1800. Bauer analyzes narratives of shipwreck, captivity, and travel, as well as imperial and natural histories of the New World in the context of transformative early modern scientific ideologies. He reviews the narrative models promoted by the

Overview

Ralph Bauer presents a comparative investigation of colonial prose narratives in Spanish and British America from 1542 to 1800. Bauer analyzes narratives of shipwreck, captivity, and travel, as well as imperial and natural histories of the New World in the context of transformative early modern scientific ideologies. He reviews the narrative models promoted by the "New Sciences" during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries within the context of the geopolitical question of how knowledge can be centrally controlled in outwardly expanding empires.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521100328
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/18/2009
Series:
Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series, #136
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; 1. Prospero's progeny; 2. Mythos and epos: Cabeza de Vacas's empire of peace; 3. The geography of history: Samuel Purchas and 'his' pilgrims; 4. 'True histories': the captivities of Francisco Núñez de Pineda y Bascuñán and Mary White Rowlandson; 5. 'Friends and compatriots': Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora and the piracy of knowledge; 6. 'Husquenawing': William Byrd's 'Creolean humours'; 7. Dismembering the empira: Alonso Carrió de la Vandera and J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur; Notes; Index.

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