American Literature demand. Collating the work with colonialist texts, including Spenserâs own View of the Present State of Ireland, Bach shows deï¬nitively that even these so-called private love poems are part of colonial discourse. An important part of Bachâs work is her discussion of resisting texts by the colonized: Irish poetry, for example, that depicts Ireland not as a readily submissive female but as a weeping one. While Irish and English works might present contrasting ï¬gures of Ireland, each is a relatively direct and unambiguous ideological construction. Brownâs and Crainâs books stay on the American side of the Atlantic. By choosing more local foci, Brown and Crain call attention to the technology of culture, giving more emphasis to the subtle contestations and negotiations that are always part of that project. Both do this by studying how children learned in the colonial (and for Crain, nineteenthcentury) United States, and with the help of what books. Copiously illustrated and beautifully produced, Crainâs The Story of A is a pleasure to hold, look at, and read. Playful and allusive in her treatment of texts, Crainâs wide-ranging analysis includes commentary on such presentday communication technologies as postmodern art, childrenâs television programming, and
American Literature – Duke University Press
Published: Jun 1, 2002
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