Imagined Empires Incas, Aztecs, and the New World of American Literature, 1771-1876

by Eric (Arizona State University) Wertheimer

Part of the Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series

Imagined Empires Incas, Aztecs, and the New World of American Literature, 1771-1876 Synopsis

Imagined Empires, first published in 1999, demonstrates that early American culture, and in particular literature, took great interest in South American civilisations, especially the Incas and Aztecs, and in so doing made a statement about the role of the United States as an empire in the emerging political order of New World colonies and states. By examining the work of Philip Freneau, Joel Barlow, William Prescott, Herman Melville, and Walt Whitman, the long-contested concept of 'indigenous origins' is given expanded meaning beyond traditional critiques of American culture. Eric Wertheimer recovers the Incas and Aztecs in Anglo-American literature, and thus sheds new light on national sovereignty, identity and the development of an American history narrative.

Imagined Empires Incas, Aztecs, and the New World of American Literature, 1771-1876 Press Reviews

[The book] will stand as an important study of the literature of 'America' portendedand hoped for in New Worlds to come. Ralph Bauer, American Litersture Recommended for graduate and research collections. Choice

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521110075
Publication date: 30th April 2009
Author: Eric (Arizona State University) Wertheimer
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Categories: Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 ,

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