Antipodean America: Australasia and the Constitution of U. S. Literature by Paul GilesAntipodean America: Australasia and the Constitution of U. S. Literature by Paul Giles

Antipodean America: Australasia and the Constitution of U. S. Literature

byPaul Giles

Hardcover | January 27, 2014

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A sweeping study that spans two continents and over three hundred years of literary history, Antipodean America argues that images of Australasia as an imagined "end of the earth" establishes the presence of an understudied historical and global consciousness, oriented toward the Pacific, inAmerican literature. Paul Giles shows how places like Australia and New Zealand become the silent other whose likenesses to the US induce condescension, fear, paranoia, envy, rivalry, and narcissistic appropriation. The American engagement with Australasia, Giles demonstrates, has been constantsince the eighteenth century and it is evinced in works by the most canonical figures in US literary history. Reading a range of works by figures like Benjamin Franklin, Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Raymond Chandler, and John Ashbery, alongside writers like Miles Franklin, Peter Carey, and J.M. Coetzee, Antipodean America provides a welcome transnational perspective that will redefine ourperception of what constitutes American literature.
Paul Giles is Professor and Challis Chair of English at the University of Sydney. He is the author of several books, including The Global Remapping of American Literature (Princeton UP, 2010), Atlantic Republic: The American Tradition in English Literature (OUP-UK, 2006), and Virtual Americas: Transnational Fictions and the Transatlan...
Title:Antipodean America: Australasia and the Constitution of U. S. LiteratureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:546 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:January 27, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199301565

ISBN - 13:9780199301560


Table of Contents

Preface1. American Literature and the Antipodean Imaginary: Imperialism,Transnationalism, Surrealism2. Parallax Zones: The Founding Fathers and Austral EnlightenmentSatiric Double-Binds: Benjamin Franklin's BiloquismPlanetary Perspectives: Crovecoeur's New HollandTransposing the West: Jefferson and Ledyard3. Early National Orbits: Geography, Astronomy, and the Cycles of the EarthFreneau, Alsop, and Neoclassical StyleJoel Barlow: The ColumbiadCharles Brockden Brown: Systems of General Geography4. Aurora Australis: Antebellum Seascapes and the Southern CrossThe Hidden Antipodes: Irving's "Globular" NarrativesThe Southern Sea: Dana and Poe"Ex Ex" Narratives: Wilkes and Cooper5. Transcendental Burlesque: Reorienting Manifest Destiny"The Other Side of the Sphere": Melville and AustralasiaRotating the Axis: The Gold Rush Circuit"The Earth reversed her Hemispheres": Dickinson's Antipodality6. Empire Upside Down: Victorian Globalization and Colonial EquationsCivil War, Imperial Circumference: Lincoln and TrollopeFamily Romance, Domestic Disturbance: Kingsley and SouthworthSpatio-Temporal Triangulation: Henry AdamsThe Laughing Jackass: Twain's Latitudinal Parallels7. Ancestral Modernisms: Indigeneity and the Articulation of DistanceIrish Aesthetic Nativism: John Boyle O'ReillyRacialism and Socialism: Jack LondonThe Primitivist Paradox: Federation's "weird country"8. Transpacific Transgression: Gender Remapping and World RevolutionsThe Boundaries of Utopia: Howells, Gilman, Miles FranklinLola Ridge and the Appulsive Avant-Garde"The Twinness of Things": Stead's Surrealist Dialectic9. Pacific Theaters: The Poetry of Violence, from World War II to VietnamKarl Shapiro's "backward crab"Louis Simpson: Racial Metissage and Southern PastoralThe New York Poets: Inversion and Misrepresentation"America rhymes with Australia": Yusef Komunyakaa10. Antipodean American Postmodernism: Turning the Subject Inside OutIrish Intertexts: Chandler and KeneallyContrarian Tendencies: Hazzard, Rushdie, CareyContrarian Tendencies: Hazzard, Rushdie, Carey"Transposabilities": The Posthumanist SpectrumJ. M. Coetzee and the Politics of DisorientationConclusion: American Literature's Terra IncognitaNotesWorks Cited