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Future History: Global Fantasies in Seventeenth-Century American and British Writings

Kristina Bross


Future History analyzes English and American writings that imagine England on a global stage well before England became an empire or the United States became a global power. Through close readings, historical contextualization, application of archival theory, and careful speculation, the book traces the ways that English and American writers imagined the East Indies and the West Indies as interconnected. The book argues that the earliest expressions of an American or English worldview were born colonial, conceived at the margins of a rising empire, not in its metropolis, and that a wider varie ... More

Keywords: early American worldview, English worldview, global literary history, archive, archival theory, spice trade, Protestant dissident, Algonquian convert

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190665135
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190665135.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristina Bross, author
Associate Professor of English, Purdue University