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Introduction

Adam Lifshey

in Specters of Conquest

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232383
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241187 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823232383.003.0001

Series: American Literatures Initiative

Introduction

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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

Chapter.  8659 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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