The Colonizer Abroad: Island Representations in American Prose from Herman Melville to Jack London

1st Edition

Christopher McBride

Routledge
Published June 16, 2009
Reference - 170 Pages
ISBN 9780415803434 - CAT# Y102684
Series: Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory

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Summary

Looking at a diverse series of authors--Herman Melville, Richard Henry Dana, Jr., Mark Twain, Charles Warren Stoddard, and Jack London--The Colonizer Abroad claims that as the U.S. emerged as a colonial power in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the literature of the sea became a literature of imperialism. This book applies postcolonial theory to the travel writing of some of America's best-known authors, revealing the ways in which America's travel fiction and nonfiction have both reflected and shaped society.

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