The Genius of Place: The Geographic Imagination in the Early Republic (New England in the World)

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The Genius of Place examines how, after the War of 1812, concerns about the scale of the nation resulted in a fundamental reorientation of American identity away from the Atlantic or global ties that held sway in the early republic and toward more localized forms of identification. Instead of addressing the sweep of the nation, American authors, artists, geographers, and politicians shifted from the larger reach of the globe to the more manageable scope of the local and sectional. Paradoxically, that local representation became the primary mode through which early Americans construed their emerging national identity. This newfound cultural obsession with locality impacted the literary consolidation and representation of key American imagined places—New England, the plantation, the West—in the decades between 1816 and 1836.

Apap’s examination of the intersections between local and national representations and exploration of the myths of space and place that shaped U.S. identity through the nineteenth century will appeal to a broad, interdisciplinary readership.

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CHRISTOPHER C. APAP teaches English literature at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

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"The Genius of Place is an important intervention into our understanding of the relationship between geographical knowledge and U.S. cultural production. By moving beyond the normative confines of the nation state, Apap redefines the function of scale in the long nineteenth century and fruitfully prompts us to consider the complex relationships between the local, the sectional, and the regional in shaping national expansion and expression." (Duncan Faherty, author of Remodeling the Nation: The Architecture of American identity, 1776–1858)

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