The Poetics of Imperialism

The Poetics of Imperialism
Author : Eric Cheyfitz
Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
Total Pages : 250
Release : 1997-06-29
ISBN 10 : 0812216091
ISBN 13 : 9780812216097
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Poetics of Imperialism Book Description:

From Columbus onward, the discourse of European-American expansion has been characterized by a poetics of imperialism, Eric Cheyfitz contends, a poetics that has set the conventions for translating the languages of the inhabitants of the New World into the language of empire, a discourse that has conquered by translating the inhabitants themselves into "natives, "savages," "cannibals," or "Indians." Cheyfitz charts the course of American imperialism from the arrival of Renaissance Europeans in a New World open for material and rhetorical cultivation to the violent foreign ventures of twentieth-century America in a Third World judged equally in need of cultural translation. Passionately and provocatively, he reads James Fenimore Cooper and Leslie Marmon Silko, Frederick Douglass and Edgar Rice Burroughs within and against the imperial framework. At the center of the book is Shakespeare's Tempest, at once transfiguring the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown and figuring much of American literature. In a final chapter completely new to this edition, Cheyfitz extends the argument of The Poetics of Imperialism by reaching back to the visual and verbal representations of Native Americans produced by the English of the Roanoke Voyages, two decades before the establishment of the Jamestown colony.

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