Dissertation: "Imminent Communities: Transpacific Literary Form and Racialization, 1847-1920"
Committee: John Funchion, Director; Readers: Joel Nickels, Tim Watson, and Colleen Lye
In the mid-nineteenth century, a rhetoric of what I call "Pacific imminence" posited that American Pacific hegemony would usher in a prosperous, global community. Its ideology has proved more durable than that of Manifest Destiny, as evidence by political discourse in recent years. Inverting its globalist logic, American writers such as James Fenimore Cooper, Herman Melville, Grace Helen Bailey, and Emma Sarepta Yule conceived the Pacific as a critical space in which to reimagine the U.S. and its race-, class-, and gender-based conflicts. Concurrently, Asian writers like Jose Rizal produced anticolonial visions of Pacific community that demand fresh engagement in view of U.S. imperial appropriations.
"Reading the Rizal: Transpacifc Literary History, Filipino Sailors, and the Longue Durée of U.S. Imperialism" at the BAA Summer Academy. DAI Amerika Haus, Nuremberg, Germany. 26 May 2017.