Surveying the American Tropics

A Literary Geography from New York to Rio

Edited by Maria Cristina Fumagalli, Peter Hulme, Owen Robinson, and Lesley Wylie

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ISBN: 9781846318900

Publication: July 1, 2013

Series: American Tropics: Towards a Literary Geography 2

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‘American Tropics’ refers to a kind of extended Caribbean, an area that includes the southern USA, the Atlantic littoral of Central America, the Caribbean islands, and northern South America. European colonial powers fought intensively here against indigenous populations and against each other for control of land and resources. The regions in the American Tropics share a history in which the dominant fact is the arrival of millions of white Europeans and black Africans; share an environment that is tropical or sub-tropical; and share a socio-economic model (the plantation), whose effects lasted at least well into the twentieth century.The imaginative space of the American Tropics therefore offers a differently centred literary history from those conventionally produced as US, Caribbean, or Latin American literature. This important collection brings together essays by distinguished scholars, including the late Neil Whitehead, Richard Price, Sally Price, and Susan Gillman, that engage with the idea of a literary geography of the American Tropics and that represent the rich diversity of the writing produced within this geographical area.

Lesley Wylie is Lecturer in Latin American Studies at the University of Leicester. Her previous books include 'Colonial Tropes and Postcolonial Tricks: Rewriting the Tropics in the novela de la selva' (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2009).

Maria Cristina Fumagalli is Professor of Literature at the University of Essex. She is the author of 'Caribbean Perspectives on Modernity: Returning Medusa's Gaze' (University of Virginia Press, 2009) and co-editor of 'Surveying the American Tropics: A Literary Geography from New York to Rio' (LUP, 2013).

Owen Robinson is Senior Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Essex.

Peter Hulme is Professor of Literature at the University of Essex. Previous publications include ed. (with Tim Youngs) The Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing (CUP, 2002), Remnants of Conquest: The Caribs and Their Visitors, 1877-1998 (OUP, 2000) and ed. (with Francis Barker and Margaret Iversen) Cannibalism and the Colonial World (CUP, 1998).

List of illustrations Introduction - Maria Cristina Fumagalli, Peter Hulme, Owen Robinson, Lesley Wylie A Tree Grows in Bajan Brooklyn: Writing Caribbean New York - Martha Jane Nadell Reading the Novum World: The Literary Geography of Science Fiction in Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - María del Pilar Blanco Inventing Tropicality: Writing Fever, Writing Trauma in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Almanac of the Dead - Hsinya Huang Imperial Archaeology: The American Isthmus as Contested Scientific Contact Zone - Gesa Mackenthun Space Age Tropics - Mimi Sheller Black Jacobins and New World Mediterraneans: Spectres of Comparison? - Susan Gillman The Oloffson - Alasdair Pettinger Dark Thresholds in Trinidad: Regarding the Colonial House - Jak Peake Micronations of the Caribbean - Russell McDougall Golden Kings, Cocaine Lords, and the Madness of El Dorado: Guayana as Native and Colonial Imaginary - Neil L. Whitehead Suriname Literary Geography: The Changing Same - Richard Price and Sally Price The Art of Observation: Race and Landscape in A Journey in Brazil - Nina Gerassi-Navarro Notes on Contributors Index

Surveying the American Tropics offers a trove of intellectual riches. It is rare to find a collection in which each essay engages readers in so many challenging and satisfying ways.
Vera Kutzinski   New West Indian Guide

These essays specifically deal with the establishment of a literary geography of the region.
  New Literatures

An often fascinating and always engaging volume which, underpinned by a convincing conceptual framework, combines breadth of scope and detailed textual readings. It will be of great value to a readership drawn from diverse academic disciplines.
Bill Marshall  
Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 x 163 mm

365 Pages

ISBN: 9781846318900

Publication: July 1, 2013

Series: American Tropics: Towards a Literary Geography 2

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