Framing the Nation, Claiming the Hemisphere: Transnational Imagination in Early American Travel Writing (1770–1830) examines the national and transnational imagination in travel reports by American authors written between 1770 and 1830.
Read about the North American “interior”, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa. These decades were times of shifting colonial boundaries, nation-building, and emergent discourses of collective identification in North America.
Struggle against British rule and end of the French and Indian War
The primary sources were written between the beginning of the struggle against British rule, following the end of the French and Indian War, and the beginning of Andrew Jackson’s presidency.
The travel reports are from John and William Bartram’s pre-revolutionary travelogues and Jonathan Carver’s exploratory report on his journey through the Great Lakes region (1778), to early nineteenth-century reports, such as Anne Newport Royall’s Sketches of History, Life, and Manners, in the United States (1826) and William Duane’s A Visit to Colombia (1826).
The study understands the transnational as a fundamental element of national emergence – in the context of the identity-generating discourses of nationbuilding, imperialism, anti-colonialism, and cosmopolitanism.
The author of this book
Markus Heide is associate professor at the University of Hildesheim (Germany) and an affiliated researcher at the Swedish Institute for North American Studies (SINAS) at Uppsala University, where he taught as associate professor until 2021.
Stockholm English Studies
Framing the Nation, Claiming the Hemisphere: Transnational Imagination in Early American Travel Writing (1770–1830) is the fourth volume of Stockholm English Studies, a peer-reviewed series of monographs and edited volumes published by Stockholm University Press.
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