In the anarchy of empire in the making of us culture ms kaplan has put together a number of illuminating readings of selected american texts as a way to explore the beginnings of empire its expression in the us in the mid to late 19th century her sources range from womens magazines such as harpers works by twain and web du bois . Amy kaplan the anarchy of empire in the making of us culture convergences inventories of the present cambridge harvard university press 2002 pp 260 3500. amy kaplans groundbreaking the anarchy of empire in the making of us culture reveals in all sorts of subtle ways how modern american overseas imperial expansion and rule are tied directly to domestic issues like segregation domesticity the attack on reconstruction and the gender ideals of manhood with great refinement and an . But as this book reveals such apparently disparate locations are cast into jarring proximity by imperial expansion in literature journalism film political speeches and legal documents kaplan traces the undeniable connections between american efforts to quell anarchy abroad and the eruption of such anarchy at the heart of the empire. The anarchy of empire in the making of us culture convergences paperback inventories of the present 32 by amy kaplan harvard university press 9780674017597 260pp
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