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Surveying the American TropicsA Literary Geography from New York to Rio$
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Maria Cristina Fumagalli, Peter Hulme, Owen Robinson, and Lesley Wylie

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318900

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846318900.001.0001

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Surveying the American Tropics

Maria Cristina Fumagalli

Peter Hulme

Owen Robinson

Lesley Wylie

Liverpool University Press

This book belongs to a series called American Tropics: Towards a Literary Geography. Not a tightly defined geographical designation, American Tropics refers to a kind of extended Caribbean, including the south-eastern USA, the Atlantic littoral of Central America, the Caribbean islands, and north-eastern South America, with outposts even further afield. The development of the discipline of cultural geography has encouraged more sophisticated analyses of notions of space and place, which the series aims to bring to bear on its materials. This volume offers a survey across the area, sampling twelve distinct places within it, from the outpost of New York in the north to Brazil in the south. In this Introduction, the editors outline the conceptual bases of the series as a whole and of component volumes within it, and introduce the essays that make up the current collection.

Keywords:   American tropics, Literary geography, Cultural geography, Caribbean, USA, Central America, South America, Literature, Place, Space

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