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Ambassadors of Culture:
The Transamerican Origins of Latino Writing
Kirsten Silva Gruesz

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

PREFACE ix
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xix
Chapter 1
"Alone with the Terrible Hurricane": The Occluded History of Transamerican Literature 1
Geografa Nueva: An Alternate History of the American World System 7
Citizen, Ambassador: Stations of Literary Representation 13
The Transamerican Archive: Poetry as Daily Practice 20
Vernacular Authorship, or the Imitator's Agency 25
Chapter 2
The Chain of American Circumstance: From Niagara to Cuba to Panama 30
Meditations on Niagara: Transnational Pilgrims and the American Sublime 30
The Cuban Star over New York: Heredia's Translated Nationhood 39
Republics in Chains: From Bryant's Prairies to the Mexican Meseta 48
Vistas del Infierno: The Racial Dilemma of Maria del Occidente 61
Chapter 3
Tasks of the Translator: Imitative Literature, the Catholic South, and the Invasion of Mexico 71
"A Mist of Lurid Light": Translation Practice in the Americas 71
Ecos de Mexico: Whittier, Longfellow, and the Case against Expansion 87
Converting Evangeline to Evangelina 94
In the Vernacular: Translation on the Border 100
Chapter 4
The Mouth of a New Empire: New Orleans in the Transamerican Print Trade 108
New Orleans, Capital of the (Other) Nineteenth Century 108
The Fertile Crescent: Whitman's Immersion in the "Spanish Element" 121
Reading La Patria: Hispanophone Print Culture and the Annexation Question 136
Songs of the Exile: The Laud Poets and Quintero's Pearls 145
Chapter 5
The Deep Roots of Our America: Two New Worlds, and Their Resistors 161
Diplomatic License: Pombo in New York 163
Staging Gender on the California Borderlands 176
Brave Mundo Nuevo: The Marketing of Transnational Spanish Culture 186
Most Faithful Fidel: Guillermo Prieto's Reconstruction Travelogue 196
CODA
The Future's Past: Latino Ghosts in the U.S. Canon 205
NOTES 213
WORKS CITED 255
INDEX 279

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