“America is as properly East as China”
The introduction considers the stakes and theoretical interventions of Future History. It reviews recent critical moves to consider American and English cultural productions from a global perspective. It describes an “up from the archives” approach to uncover the roles of women and indigenous people in those works. It builds on the work of recent scholars who extend English and American studies onto a global stage, such as Alison Games, Michelle Burnham, Carla Pestana, and others. The introduction explores how two key early modern concepts, Christian millennialism and the anti-Catholic, Spanish-bashing Black Legend provided ready-made images and languages with which early modern writers could articulate global interconnection.
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