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

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

byRalph Bauer

Paperback | January 18, 2009

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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.
Title:The Cultural Geography of Colonial American Literatures: Empire, Travel, ModernityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:316 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:January 18, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521100321

ISBN - 13:9780521100328

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; 1. Prospero's progeny; 2. Mythos and epos: Cabeza de Vacas's empire of peace; 3. The geography of history: Samuel Purchas and 'his' pilgrims; 4. 'True histories': the captivities of Francisco Núñez de Pineda y Bascuñán and Mary White Rowlandson; 5. 'Friends and compatriots': Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora and the piracy of knowledge; 6. 'Husquenawing': William Byrd's 'Creolean humours'; 7. Dismembering the empira: Alonso Carrió de la Vandera and J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur; Notes; Index.

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"...dense, richly rewarding book, full of intriguing readings of both well- and little- known texts." Modern Philology, Ralph Bauer, Cambridge