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Specters of ConquestIndigenous Absence in Transatlantic Literatures$
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Adam Lifshey

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823232383

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823232383.001.0001

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Specters of Conquest

Adam Lifshey

Fordham University Press

America was forged by an ongoing production of absence: the lives that disappeared, the societies and ecologies that vanished, the dynamics of disembodiment that were constituent of the Conquest in all its variegated forms. These disembodiments are haunting and transatlantic in nature. They are haunting because, from a position of absence, they contest all our foundational narratives of material environments and flesh-and-blood peoples. They are transatlantic because they emerge from five centuries of oceanic crossings and conflicts among Amerindians, Africans, and Europeans. All humanity today is a product of these wakes. All of us are inheritors of the Conquest.

Keywords:   America, absence, conquest, transatlantic, Amerindians, Africans, Europeans, foundational narratives

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