Literary Culture and U.S Imperialism From the Revolution to World War II

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  • Copyright: 2000-07-06
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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John Carlos Rowe, considered one of the most eminent and progressive critics of American literature, has in recent years become instrumental in shaping the path of American studies. His latest book examines literary responses to U.S. imperialism from the late eighteenth century to the 1940s. Interpreting texts by Charles Brockden Brown, Poe, Melville, John Rollin Ridge, Twain, Henry Adams, Stephen Crane, W. E. B. Du Bois, John Neihardt, Nick Black Elk, and Zora Neale Hurston, Rowe argues that U.S. literature has a long tradition of responding critically or contributing to our imperialist ventures. Following in the critical footsteps of Richard Slotkin and Edward Said, Literary Culture and U.S. Imperialism is particularly innovative in taking account of the public and cultural response to imperialism. In this sense it could not be more relevant to what is happening in the scholarship, and should be vital reading for scholars and students of American literature and culture.

Author Biography

John Carlos Rowe is Professor of English at the University of California at Irvine and the author of At Emersons Tomb: The Politics of Classic American Literature, The Other Henry James, and Through the Custom-House: Nineteenth-Century American Fiction and Modern Theory.

Table of Contents

Literary Culture and U.S. Imperialism
The Dream of Enlightenment and the Nightmare of Imperialism: Charles Brockden Brown's Wieland and Edgar Huntly
Edgar Allan Poe's Imperial Fantasy and the American Frontier
Melville's Typee: U.S. Imperialism at Home and Abroad
Highway Robbery: ``Indian Removal,'' the Mexican-American War, and American Identity in John Rollin Ridge's (Yellow Bird) The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta
Mark Twain's Rediscovery of America in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Race, Gender, and Imperialism in Stephen Crane: A Monstrous Case
The Education of Henry Adams and the American Empire
W. E. B. Du Bois's Tropical Critique of U.S. Imperialism
The View from Rock Writing Bluff: The Nick Black Elk Narratives and U.S. Cultural Imperialism
Opening the Gate to the Other America: The Afro-Caribbean Politics of Hurston's Mules and Men and Tell My Horse
After America
Notes 299(68)
Index 367

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