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

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

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The Cultural Geography of Colonial American Literatures: Empire, Travel, Modernity by Ross Posnock, Ralph Bauer

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: 9780521822022
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/28/2013
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series , #136
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Ralph Bauer is Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. His articles have appeared in numerous collections and journals.

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