Ethnology and Empire: Languages, Literature, and the Making of the North American Borderlands

Ethnology and Empire: Languages, Literature, and the Making of the North American Borderlands

by Robert Lawrence Gunn

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Ethnology and Empire: Languages, Literature, and the Making of the North American Borderlands by Robert Lawrence Gunn

Ethnology and Empire tells stories about words and ideas, and ideas about words that developed in concert with shifting conceptions about Native peoples and western spaces in the nineteenth-century United States. Contextualizing the emergence of Native American linguistics as both a professionalized research discipline and as popular literary concern of American culture prior to the
U.S.-Mexico War, Robert Lawrence Gunn reveals the manner in which relays between the developing research practices of ethnology, works of fiction, autobiography, travel narratives, Native oratory, and sign languages gave imaginative shape to imperial activity in the western borderlands.

In literary and performative settings that range from the U.S./Mexico borderlands to the Great
Lakes region of Tecumseh’s Pan-Indian Confederacy and the hallowed halls of learned societies in New York and Philadelphia, Ethnology and Empire models an interdisciplinary approach to networks of peoples, spaces, and communication practices that transformed the boundaries of U.S. empire through a transnational and scientific archive. Emphasizing the culturally transformative impacts western expansionism and Indian Removal, Ethnology and Empire reimagines
U.S. literary and cultural production for future conceptions of hemispheric
American literatures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479849055
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 10/16/2015
Series: America and the Long 19th Century Series
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Robert Lawrence Gunn is Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
1 Philologies of Race: Ethnological Linguistics and Novelistic Representation 17
2 Empire, Sign Languages, and the Long Expedition, 1819–1821 52
3 John Dunn Hunter, Tecumseh, and the Linguistic Politics of Pan-Indianism 83
4 Connecting Borderlands: Native Networks and the Fredonian Rebellion 114
5 John Russell Bartlett’s Literary Borderlands: Ethnology, the U.S-Mexico War, and the United States Boundary Survey 145
Indian Passports 177
Notes 187
Index 229
About the Author 242

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