African land for the American empire: the proto-imperialism of Benjamin Stout

Johnson, David (2005). African land for the American empire: the proto-imperialism of Benjamin Stout. In: Hooper, Glenn ed. Landscape and empire, 1770-2000. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, pp. 45–64.



Covering the period from 1770–2000, this collection examines the relationship between landscape and empire by way of a range of literary, historical, and visual matter. Bringing together the work of established as well as emerging scholars, it considers the connections between the mechanics of empire-building, and the way in which landscape was both viewed and imagined. Organised chronologically, the volume includes, among others, studies of late-eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century Irish maps, travel accounts to the Cape, emigrant experiences in New Zealand, impressions of Jamaica and Dominica, and fictional interpretations of the Indian landscape. Cutting across geographical boundaries, literary genres, and historical periods, Landscape and Empire engages with debates within cultural and gender studies, historiography, and nationalism, and will be of interest to students and researchers from across the humanities.
Introduction, Glenn Hooper; Planning control: cartouches, maps and the Irish landscape, 1770–1840, Glenn Hooper; African land for the American empire: the proto-imperialism of Benjamin Stout, David Johnson; Landscape, empire and the creation of modern New Zealand, Cheleen Ann-Catherine Mahar; Ireland in ruins: the figure of ruin in early 19th-century poetry, Sean Ryder; 'A hot place, belonging to us': the West Indies in 19th-century travel writing by women, Evelyn O'Callaghan; Undeveloped estates: Dominica and the landscape of the new imperialism, Peter Hulme; Reading romance, reading landscape: empires of fiction, Mary Condé; Landscape and the foreigner within: Katherine Mansfield and Emily Carr, Angela Smith; Streets, rooms and residents: the urban uncanny and the poetics of space in Harold Pinter, Sam Selvon, Colin MacInnes and George Lamming, Gail Low; The landscape of insurgency: Mau Mau, Ngugi wa Thiong'o and gender, Brendon Nicholls; The garden and resistance in diasporic literature: an ecocritical approach, Cynthia Davis; Geographies of Liberalism: the politics of space in Colm Toibin's Bad Blood: A Walk along the Irish Border and The Heather Blazing, Conor Mc Carthy; Select bibliography; Index.

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