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Author Wesling, Meg

Title Empire's proxy : American literature and U.S. imperialism in the Philippines / Meg Wesling

Publ Info New York : New York University Press, [2011]
New York : New York University Press, [2011]
 RWU Main Library  PS217.I47 W48 2011    AVAILABLE
 URI  PS217.I47 W48 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript xii, 235 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Series America and the long 19th century
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-228) and index
Contents Educated subjects: literary production, colonial expansion, and the pedagogical public sphere -- The alchemy of English: colonial state-building and the imperial origins of American literary study -- Empire's proxy: literary study as benevolent discipline -- Agents of assimilation: female authority, male domesticity, and the familial dramas of colonial tutelage -- The performance of patriotism: ironic affiliations and literary disruptions in Carlos Bulosan's America -- "An empire of letters": literary tradition, national sovereignty, and neocolonialism
Note In the late nineteenth century, American teachers descended on the Philippines, which had been newly purchased by the U.S. at the end of the Spanish-American War. Motivated by President McKinley's project of "benevolent assimilation," they established a school system that centered on English language and American literature to advance the superiority of the Anglo-Saxon tradition, which was held up as justification for the United States's civilizing mission and offered as a promise of moral uplift and political advancement. Meanwhile, on American soil, the field of American literature was just being developed and fundamentally, though invisibly, defined by this new, extraterritorial expansion. Drawing on a wealth of material, including historical records, governmental documents from the War Department and the Bureau of Insular Affairs, curriculum guides, memoirs of American teachers in the Philippines, and 19th century literature, the author not only links empire with education, but also demonstrates that the rearticulation of American literary studies through the imperial occupation in the Philippines served to actually define and strengthen the field. This work argues that the practical and ideological work of colonial dominance figured into the emergence of the field of American literature, and that the consolidation of a canon of American literature was intertwined with the administrative and intellectual tasks of colonial management
LC subject American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism
Imperialism in literature
Philippine literature (English)
Americans -- Philippines
American literature -- Filipino American authors -- History and criticism
National characteristics, American, in literature
United States -- Relations -- Philippines
Philippines -- Relations -- United States
ISBN 9780814794760 (hc : alk. paper)
0814794769 (hc : alk. paper)
9780814794777 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0814794777 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780814794784 (e-Book)
0814794785 (e-Book)