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From The University of North Carolina Press
Creole Subjects in the Colonial Americas
Empires, Texts, Identities
Edited by Ralph Bauer, José Antonio Mazzotti
520 pp. / 6.125 x 9.25 / 2009
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Creolization describes the cultural adaptations that occur when a community moves to a new geographic setting. Exploring the consciousness of peoples defined as ""creoles"" who moved

"Scholars in comparative colonial and hemispheric studies will welcome this collection. Rigorously researched and strongly interdisciplinary, its essays explore the importance of spectacle, performance, and visual culture, the instrumentalism of religious piety, the complexities of imperial and local power structures, and challenges to the prevailing conflation of criollismo and elite culture."
— Ivy Schweitzer, Dartmouth College

"These essays capture the emerging ambivalent claims of elite creole identities in the early modern Americas. Acknowledging difference between colonial cultures of northern and southern European origins, they illuminate key common themes and continuities and set the stage for a new generation of Atlantic studies."
— Karen Ordahl Kupperman, New York University

"Valuable. . . . A powerful resource in the critical debate about creole subjectivity and a way forward in the effort to transcend modern and early modern national and imperial boundaries in the study of the colonial Americas."
Latin American Review of Books
from the Old World to the New World, this collection of eighteen original essays investigates the creolization of literary forms and genres in the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Creole Subjects in the Colonial Americas facilitates a cross-disciplinary, intrahemispheric, and Atlantic comparison of early settlers' colonialism and creole elites' relation to both indigenous peoples and imperial regimes. Contributors explore literatures written in Spanish, Portuguese, and English to identify creole responses to such concepts as communal identity, local patriotism, nationalism, and literary expression.

The essays take the reader from the first debates about cultural differences that underpinned European ideologies of conquest to the transposition of European literary tastes into New World cultural contexts, and from the natural science discourse concerning creolization to the literary manifestations of creole patriotism. The volume includes an addendum of etymological terms and critical bibliographic commentary.

About Ralph Bauer

Ralph Bauer is associate professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is author or editor of numerous books, including The Cultural Geography of Colonial American Literatures: Empire, Travel, Modernity.

About José Antonio Mazzotti

José Antonio Mazzotti is chair and professor in the Department of Romance Languages at Tufts University. He is author or editor of three books, including Poéticas del flujo: migración y violencia verbales en el Perú de los 80."