Creole Subjects in the Colonial Americas: Empires, Texts, Identities

Creole Subjects in the Colonial Americas: Empires, Texts, Identities

Creole Subjects in the Colonial Americas: Empires, Texts, Identities

Creole Subjects in the Colonial Americas: Empires, Texts, Identities

Synopsis

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.

Contributors:

Ralph Bauer, University of Maryland

Raquel Chang-Rodriguez, City University of New York

Lucia Helena Costigan, Ohio State University

Jim Egan, Brown University

Sandra M. Gustafson, University of Notre Dame

Carlos Jauregui, Vanderbilt University

Yolanda Martinez-San Miguel, University of Pennsylvania

Jose 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

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