Mapping region in early american writing

Edward Watts, Keri Holt, John Funchion

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Mapping Region in Early American Writing is a collection of essays that study how early American writers thought about the spaces around them. The contributors reconsider the various roles regions-imagined politically, economically, racially, and figuratively-played in the formation of American communities, both real and imagined. These texts vary widely: some are canonical, others archival; some literary, others scientific; some polemical, others simply documentary. As a whole, they recreate important mental mappings and cartographies, and they reveal how diverse populations imagined themselves, their communities, and their nation as occupying the American landscape. Focusing on place-specific, local writing published before 1860, Mapping Region in Early American Writing examines a period often overlooked in studies of regional literature in America. More than simply offering a prehistory of regionalist writing, these essays offer new ways of theorizing and studying regional spaces in the United States as it grew from a union of disparate colonies along the eastern seaboard into an industrialized nation on the verge of overseas empire building. They also seek to amplify lost voices of diverse narratives from minority, frontier, and outsider groups alongside their more well-known counterparts in a time when America’s landscapes and communities were constantly evolving.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBordering Establishments
Subtitle of host publicationMapping Regions in Early American Writing
PublisherUniversity of Georgia Press
Number of pages310
ISBN (Electronic)9780820348230
ISBN (Print)9780820348223
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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