Enlightenment Orientalism in the American Mind, 1770-1807: (Perspectives on Early America)
Matthew H. Pangborn (Author)
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This study engages with the emerging field of energy humanities to provide close readings of several early American oriental-observer tales. The popular genre of orientalism offered Americans a means to critique new ideas of identity, history, and nationality accompanying protoindustrialization and a growing consumerism. The tales thus express a complex self-reflection during a time when America's exploitation of its energy resources and its engagement in a Franco-British world-system was transforming the daily life of its citizens. The genre of the oriental observer, this study argues, offers intriguing glimpses of a nation becoming strange in the eyes of its own inhabitants.
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About the Author
Matthew H. Pangborn is an associate professor of English at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa.
- Contributor: Matthew H. Pangborn
- Imprint: Routledge
- ISBN13: 9781138358676
- Number of Pages: 272
- Packaged Dimensions: 152x229mm
- Packaged Weight: 453
- Format: Hardback
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
- Release Date: 2018-09-17
- Series: Perspectives on Early America
- Binding: Hardback
- Biography: Matthew H. Pangborn is an associate professor of English at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa.