Future History: Global Fantasies in Seventeenth-Century American and British Writings

Hardcover | September 15, 2017

byKristina Bross

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Future History traces the ways that English and American writers oriented themselves along an East-West axis to fantasize their place in the world. The book builds on new transoceanic scholarship and recent calls to approach early American studies from a global perspective. Such scholarshiphas largely focused on the early national period; Bross's work begins earlier and considers the intertwined identities of America, other English colonial sites and metropolitan England during a period before nation-state identities were hardened into the forms we know them today, when an Englishempire was nascent, not realized, and when a global perspective such as we might recognize it was just coming into focus for early modern Europeans. The author examines works that imagine England on a global stage in the Americas and East Indies just as - and in some cases even before - Englandoccupied such spaces in force. Future History considers works written from the 1620s to the 1670s, but the center of gravity of Future History is writing at the mid-century, that is, writings coincident with the Interregnum, a time when England plotted and launched ambitious, often violent schemes to conquer, colonize orotherwise appropriate other lands, driven by both mercantile and religious desires.

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Future History traces the ways that English and American writers oriented themselves along an East-West axis to fantasize their place in the world. The book builds on new transoceanic scholarship and recent calls to approach early American studies from a global perspective. Such scholarshiphas largely focused on the early national peri...

Kristina Bross is an Associate Professor of English at Purdue University and the author of Dry Bones and Indian Sermons: Praying Indians in Colonial America (Cornell UP, 2004).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:September 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190665130

ISBN - 13:9780190665135

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