The essays collected in this volume foreground the hegemonic and power-related aspects of some basic New World dreams: the dream of discovering a terra incognita, the dream of gaining dominion over a virgin land, the dream behind the making of the United States. The focus of the contributions is on Native American, Caribbean, African-American, Jewish American, and New Zealand texts that highlight the contrast between the reality of colonisation and exploitation, and its ideological framework; and question the rhetoric of such texts as Columbus' Diario and Franklin's Autobiography. Inevitably, gender issues occupy a central place in the book. The original forum for most of the papers was a workshop the editors convened at the 1992 Seville conference of the European Association for American Studies (EAAS), which was devoted in its entirety to the 'American Columbiad'.
Ben Franklin in Harlem: The Drama of Deferral in Ann Petry's The Street, Gayle Wurst; Subverting and Reconstructing the Dream: The Radical Voices of Le Sueur, Herbst, and Wright, Robert Shulman; Two Versions of the American Dream: Mary Antin's The Promised Land and Agnes Smedley's Daughter of Earth, Aranzazu Usandizaga; Supplement to the Voyage of Columbus: Literary Voyages of (Un-) Discovery in the South Pacific, Otto Heim; Jamaica Kincaid's Voyage of Recovery: The Cliffs of Dover are Not White, Giovanna Covi; 7 Days/6 Nights at "Plantation Estates": A Critique of Cultural Colonialism by Caribbean Writers, Judith Raiskin; The Kaleidoscope of History: Michael Dorris and Louise Erdrich's The Crown of Columbus (with a coda on Gerald Vizenor's The Heirs of Columbus), Hans Bak; New Dreaming: Joy Harjo, Wendy Rose, Leslie Marmon, Silko, Jeanne Perreault.
Series: Operator Theory, Advances and Applications
Number Of Pages: 144
Publisher: Birkhauser Verlag AG
Country of Publication: CH
Dimensions (cm): 24.41 x 16.99
Weight (kg): 0.27