Hemispheric Encounters: The Early United States in a Transnational Perspective

In the decades after the American Revolution U.S. American literary and cultural discourses as well as forms of collective and individual identification were shaped not only by transatlantic relations but just as much by “hemispheric encounters,” i.e. inter-American exchanges and conflicts. Historical events and issues such as the Haitian Revolution, the struggles for independence in Spanish America, economic ties with Caribbean slave economies, and rivalries with other colonial powers in the Americas influenced the ways Americans defined themselves as a nation and as individuals. The essays collected in this volume employ “hemispheric” as a critical category of cultural analysis to discuss inter-American relations in the early United States, and in American, European and Spanish-American writing of the period, and they contextualize transatlantic and inter-American relations within a framework of the Western Hemisphere


Pisarz-Ramirez, Gabrielle and Markus Heide, eds. Hemispheric Encounters: The Early United States in a Transnational Perspective. Frankfurt and New York: Peter Lang, 2016. Print. Interamericana Series.