By Meg Wesling
In the past due 19th century, American lecturers descended at the Philippines, which were newly bought through the U.S. on the finish of the Spanish-American battle. inspired by means of President McKinley’s venture of “benevolent assimilation,” they proven a college process that founded on English language and American literature to strengthen the prevalence of the Anglo-Saxon culture, which was once held up as justification for the U.S.’s civilizing challenge and provided as a promise of ethical uplift and political development. in the meantime, on American soil, the sector of yankee literature used to be simply being constructed and essentially, notwithstanding invisibly, outlined through this new, extraterritorial expansion.
Drawing on a wealth of fabric, together with historic documents, governmental files from the conflict division and the Bureau of Insular Affairs, curriculum publications, memoirs of yank lecturers within the Philippines, and nineteenth century literature, Meg Wesling not just hyperlinks empire with schooling, but additionally demonstrates that the rearticulation of yankee literary experiences during the imperial profession within the Philippines served to truly outline and advance the field. Empire’s Proxy boldly argues that the sensible and ideological paintings of colonial dominance figured into the emergence of the sphere of yank literature, and that the consolidation of a canon of yank literature used to be intertwined with the executive and highbrow projects of colonial management.
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Empire’s Proxy: American Literature and U.S. Imperialism in the Philippines (American Literatures Initiative) by Meg Wesling