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Specters of conquest : indigenous absence in transatlantic literatures

Author: Adam Lifshey
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, 2010.
Series: American literatures initiative
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"This book intervenes in transatlantic and hemispheric studies by positing "America" as not a particular country or continent but a foundational narrative, in which conquerors arrive at a shore intent on overwriting local versions of humanity, culture, and landscape with inscriptions of their own design. This imposition of foreign textualities, however dominant, is never complete because the absences of the
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Lifshey
ISBN: 9780823232383 0823232387 0823232409 9780823232406
OCLC Number: 491916921
Description: xi, 182 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Columbus the haunted. The diary of the first voyage and William Carlos Williams's "The discovery of the Indies" --
2. Indigenous atextualizations. The Popol Vuh and I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian woman in Guatemala --
3. Castaway Colonialism. Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe" and Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca's account --
4. Apparitions of Africa. Leoncio Evita's "When the combes fought" and José Martí's "Our America" --
5. Subjunctive America. Thomas Pynchon's "Mason & Dixon" and Gabriel García Márquez's "Love in the time of cholera."
Series Title: American literatures initiative
Responsibility: Adam Lifshey.
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