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Antipodean American Geography: Washington Irving's “Globular” Narratives

Paul Giles

in The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199730438
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199730438.013.0002

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Antipodean American Geography: Washington Irving's “Globular” Narratives

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This article examines the works of Washington Irving within the broad framework of global narratives. It analyzes how geographical variables enter into the writings of Irving and how as an author he played self-consciously with the contours of cultural mapping. The article suggests that the reflexive nature of Irving's work speaks to a meta-geographical dimension which was common to many American writers in the antebellum period, who were concerned in one way or another with how the national domain might be mapped.

Keywords: Washington Irving; global narratives; cultural mapping; antebellum period; geographical variables; meta-geographical dimension

Article.  8211 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Literary Studies (Fiction, Novelists, and Prose Writers)

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