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520 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 12 illus., notes, index

Creole Subjects in the Colonial Americas

Empires, Texts, Identities

Creolization describes the cultural adaptations that occur when a community moves to a new geographic setting. Exploring the consciousness of peoples defined as "creoles" who moved from the Old World to the New World, this collection of eighteen original essays investigates the creolization of literary forms and genres in the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Creole Subjects in the Colonial Americas facilitates a cross-disciplinary, intrahemispheric, and Atlantic comparison of early settlers' colonialism and creole elites' relation to both indigenous peoples and imperial regimes. Contributors explore literatures written in Spanish, Portuguese, and English to identify creole responses to such concepts as communal identity, local patriotism, nationalism, and literary expression.

The essays take the reader from the first debates about cultural differences that underpinned European ideologies of conquest to the transposition of European literary tastes into New World cultural contexts, and from the natural science discourse concerning creolization to the literary manifestations of creole patriotism. The volume includes an addendum of etymological terms and critical bibliographic commentary.


Ralph Bauer, University of Maryland

Raquel Chang-Rodríguez, City University of New York

Lúcia Helena Costigan, Ohio State University

Jim Egan, Brown University

Sandra M. Gustafson, University of Notre Dame

Carlos Jáuregui, Vanderbilt University

Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel, University of Pennsylvania

José Antonio Mazzotti, Tufts University

Stephanie Merrim, Brown University

Susan Scott Parrish, University of Michigan

Luis Fernando Restrepo, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Jeffrey H. Richards, Old Dominion University

Kathleen Ross, New York University

David S. Shields, University of South Carolina

Teresa A. Toulouse, Tulane University

Lisa Voigt, University of Chicago

Jerry M. Williams, West Chester University

About the Author

Ralph Bauer is associate professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is author or editor of numerous books, including The Cultural Geography of Colonial American Literatures: Empire, Travel, Modernity. José Antonio Mazzotti is chair and professor in the Department of Romance Languages at Tufts University. He is author or editor of three books, including Poéticas del flujo: migración y violencia verbales en el Perú de los 80.

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