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Specters of Conquest: Indigenous Absence in Transatlantic Literatures

Adam Lifshey


This book posits America as not a particular country or continent but a foundational narrative, in which conquerors arrive at a shore intent on overwriting local versions of humanity, culture, and landscape with inscriptions of their own design. This imposition of foreign textualities, however dominant, is never complete because the absences of the disappeared still linger manifestly. That apparent paradox results in a haunted America, whose conquest is always partial and whose conquered are always contestatory. Readers of scholarship by transatlanticists such as Paul Gilroy and hemispherists ... More

Keywords: America, conquerors, conquest, Columbus, Popol Vuh, Defoe, Evita, Pynchon, foundational stories, transatlantic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780823232383
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823232383.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam Lifshey, author