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The Resource Agent of empire : William Walker and the imperial self in American literature, Brady Harrison

Agent of empire : William Walker and the imperial self in American literature, Brady Harrison

Label
Agent of empire : William Walker and the imperial self in American literature
Title
Agent of empire
Title remainder
William Walker and the imperial self in American literature
Statement of responsibility
Brady Harrison
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Agent of Empire is a detailed study of creative works inspired by the escapades of the American soldier of fortune William Walker. The leader of several fractious, bloody forays into Mexico and Central America in the 1850s, Walker was executed in 1860 by a Honduran firing squad. Brady Harrison looks at a dozen works, such as Bret Harte's novel The Crusade of the Excelsior (1887) and Alex Cox's film Walker (1987), to show how Walker's life and legacy have been explored in journalism, poetry, fiction, drama, and cinema for more than a century
  • At the heart of our ongoing interest in Walker, says Harrison, is the need to understand the ever-shifting ambitions and arguments that have driven American economic, military, and paramilitary ventures around the globe for the past 150 years."
  • "Harrison discusses how the mercenary romance, an understudied subgenre of the historical romance first popularized by Bret Harte and Richard Harding Davis, owes its conception to William Walker. Engaging the work of other scholars such as Quentin Anderson and Judith Butler, Harrison places Walker in the company of Aaron Burr, Theodore Roosevelt, Oliver North, and other American conquistadors. Walker and such fellow agents of empire, Harrison argues, exemplify a peculiar merging of Emersonian inner mastery and the American habit of equating self with nation. Inward-looking at first, they soon set their sights, as special agents of providence or the state, on such places as Mexico, Nicaragua, Cuba, the Philippines, and, more recently, Vietnam and Iraq."
  • "Agent of Empire is a timely exploration of American imperialism and its troubling components of hypermasculinity, racism, and ambition. Harrison shows how literature helps us gauge the protean desires, fantasies, arguments, and ideologies that continue to underwrite our imperial ventures, private and public."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1963-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Harrison, Brady
Dewey number
810.9/351
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS169.I45
LC item number
H37 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Imperialism in literature
  • Biographical fiction, American
  • Americans
  • Politics and literature
  • Literature and history
  • American literature
  • Walker, William
  • Walker, William
  • Nicaragua
  • Nicaragua
  • Walker, William (Politiker)
  • Literatur
  • Selbst (Motiv)
  • USA
Label
Agent of empire : William Walker and the imperial self in American literature, Brady Harrison
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-230) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The life, death, and literary resurfacings of Willliam Walker, filibuster -- "Tossing creation like a bauble" : Walker and Emerson -- "What is good for them" : Harte and the mercenary romance -- The spectacular empire : Davis and Roosevelt -- Soldiers of misfortune : Davis and O. Henry -- "The female of the species" : Teilhet and Cardenal -- Walker, with a vengeance : Cox and Didion -- William Walker, redux?
Control code
53356528
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 238 pages
Isbn
9780820325446
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2003023788
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)53356528
Label
Agent of empire : William Walker and the imperial self in American literature, Brady Harrison
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-230) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The life, death, and literary resurfacings of Willliam Walker, filibuster -- "Tossing creation like a bauble" : Walker and Emerson -- "What is good for them" : Harte and the mercenary romance -- The spectacular empire : Davis and Roosevelt -- Soldiers of misfortune : Davis and O. Henry -- "The female of the species" : Teilhet and Cardenal -- Walker, with a vengeance : Cox and Didion -- William Walker, redux?
Control code
53356528
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 238 pages
Isbn
9780820325446
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2003023788
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)53356528

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