CFP: Anglo-Spanish Rivalries & the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands (1/12/07; ASA, 10/11/07-10/14/07)

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2007 American Studies Association Annual Meeting

América Aquí: Transhemispheric Visions and Community Connections
October 11 - 14, 2007
Philadelphia, PA

Proposed panel on:

Anglo-Spanish rivalries and the U.S.-Mexican borderlands. The aim of this panel
is to examine the ways in which U.S., Mexican, and other authors have employed
the historical rivalry between England and Spain to substantiate rhetorical
claims to North American territories. For example, New England writer Edward
Everett Hale deploys throughout his novel Philip Nolan's Friends the literary
traditions of England and Spain in the manner of a cultural duel for regional
supremacy. Alexander Hewatt loads his history of South Carolina with
propaganda against the colony's international neighbor, Spanish Florida. How
can we trace the development of U.S. racial Anglo-Saxonism through these
retrospective references to European contexts and contemporaneous deployments
of the European race for the continent of North America? How do European,
creole, and mestizo identities and associations shift, form, and reform in the
centuries-long economic projects for domination of lands, products, and trade
with Indian nations in the Louisiana, Florida, Texas and other Anglo-Spanish
borderlands. Please send your CV and a 500-word abstract to Hsuan Hsu at or Susan Kalter at by January 12, 2007.

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