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Watts, Edward


Colonizing the Past

Mythmaking and Pre-Columbian Whites in Nineteenth-Century American Writing


Edward Watts

After the Revolution, Americans realized they lacked the common, deep, or meaningful history that might bind together their loose confederation of former colonies into a genuine nation. They had been conquerors yet colonials, now politically independent yet culturally subordinate to European... More


Writing and Postcolonialism in the Early Republic



Edward Watts

Writing and Postcolonialism in the Early Republic is the first book-length analysis of early American literature through the lens of postcolonial theory. Although the United States represented a colonizing presence that displaced indigenous peoples and exported imperial culture, American colonists... More