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Ethnology and Empire: Languages, Literature, and the Making of the North American Borderlands

Robert Gunn


Ethnology and Empire tells stories about words and ideas, and ideas about words that developed in concert with shifting conceptions about Native peoples and western spaces in the 19th-Century United States. Contextualizing the emergent study of Native American languages as both a professionalized research discipline and as popular literary concern of American culture prior to the U.S.-Mexico War, this book explores developing political, scientific, and literary networks that connected ideas, languages, bodies, and Native peoples in the context of westward expansionism. Offering a literary and ... More

Keywords: empire, ethnology, native languages, literature, borderlands, linguistics, race, sign language, expansionism, transnational

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9781479842582
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479842582.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Gunn, author
University of Texas at El Paso