Antipodean America: Australasia and the Constitution of U. S. Literature

ISBN : 9780199301560

Paul Giles
592 ページ
162 x 240 mm
Oxford Studies in American Literary History

A sweeping study that spans two continents and over three hundred years of literary history, Antipodean America argues that images of Australasia as an imagined "end of the earth" establishes the presence of an understudied historical and global consciousness, oriented toward the Pacific, in American literature. Paul Giles shows how places like Australia and New Zealand become the silent other whose likenesses to the US induce condescension, fear, paranoia, envy, rivalry, and narcissistic appropriation. The American engagement with Australasia, Giles demonstrates, has been constant since the eighteenth century and it is evinced in works by the most canonical figures in US literary history. Reading a range of works by figures like Benjamin Franklin, Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Raymond Chandler, and John Ashbery, alongside writers like Miles Franklin, Peter Carey, and J.M. Coetzee, Antipodean America provides a welcome transnational perspective that will redefine our perception of what constitutes American literature.


1. American Literature and the Antipodean Imaginary: Imperialism,Transnationalism, Surrealism
2. Parallax Zones: The Founding Fathers and Austral Enlightenment
Satiric Double-Binds: Benjamin Franklin's Biloquism
Planetary Perspectives: Crevecoeur's New Holland
Transposing the West: Jefferson and Ledyard
3. Early National Orbits: Geography, Astronomy, and the Cycles of the Earth
Freneau, Alsop, and Neoclassical Style
Joel Barlow: The Columbiad
Charles Brockden Brown: Systems of General Geography
4. Aurora Australis: Antebellum Seascapes and the Southern Cross
The Hidden Antipodes: Irving's "Globular" Narratives
The Southern Sea: Dana and Poe
"Ex Ex" Narratives: Wilkes and Cooper
5. Transcendental Burlesque: Reorienting Manifest Destiny
"The Other Side of the Sphere": Melville and Australasia
Rotating the Axis: The Gold Rush Circuit
"The Earth reversed her Hemispheres": Dickinson's Antipodality
6. Empire Upside Down: Victorian Globalization and Colonial Equations
Civil War, Imperial Circumference: Lincoln and Trollope
Family Romance, Domestic Disturbance: Kingsley and Southworth
Spatio-Temporal Triangulation: Henry Adams
The Laughing Jackass: Twain's Latitudinal Parallels
7. Ancestral Modernisms: Indigeneity and the Articulation of Distance
Irish Aesthetic Nativism: John Boyle O'Reilly
Racialism and Socialism: Jack London
The Primitivist Paradox: Federation's "weird country"
8. Transpacific Transgression: Gender Remapping and World Revolutions
The Boundaries of Utopia: Howells, Gilman, Miles Franklin
Lola Ridge and the Appulsive Avant-Garde
"The Twinness of Things": Stead's Surrealist Dialectic
9. Pacific Theaters: The Poetry of Violence, from World War II to Vietnam
Karl Shapiro's "backward crab"
Louis Simpson: Racial Metissage and Southern Pastoral
The New York Poets: Inversion and Misrepresentation
"America rhymes with Australia": Yusef Komunyakaa
10. Antipodean American Postmodernism: Turning the Subject Inside Out
Irish Intertexts: Chandler and Keneally
Contrarian Tendencies: Hazzard, Rushdie, Carey
"Transposabilities": The Posthumanist Spectrum
J. M. Coetzee and the Politics of Disorientation
Conclusion: American Literature's Terra Incognita
Works Cited


Paul Giles is Professor and Challis Chair of English at the University of Sydney. He is the author of several books, including The Global Remapping of American Literature (Princeton UP, 2010), Atlantic Republic: The American Tradition in English Literature (OUP-UK, 2006), and Virtual Americas: Transnational Fictions and the Transatlantic Imaginary (Duke UP, 2002).