Cover

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pp. 1-9

Contents

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pp. 10-11

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Preface: Full Fathom Five

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pp. xi-xiv

...This book is my attempt to account for the traverse of U.S. empire by resurrecting indigenous presences within cultural, literary, and political contexts. This project is very personal for me as well. My father passed away one week before Barack Obama was elected president and as I was working on this book. While his life had become unlivable through whatever it ...

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Introduction: Indigenous Critical Theory and the Diminishing Returns of Civilization

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pp. xv-xl

...What does it mean to be in transit? Mass transit, certificates of transit, and transits of planets across the sun denote movement, security, and rational explanation. Transit evokes the cacophony of traffic jams and exhaust fumes of the everyday workday, or the elegance and easy silence of the morning star rising and falling on the horizon in cycles that help navigators move among islands and allow growers to determine seasons for planting and harvesting. As a word, transit implies fluidity, noise, and instability...

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1. Is and Was: Poststructural Indians without Ancestry

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pp. 1-38

...In 1768 Captain James Cook sailed towards the Pacific islands of Tahiti, Aotearoa, and Australia on the good ship Endeavor in search of a southern continent and, perhaps more aspirationally, a way to map the universe. While there is debate as to what colonial contrivance provided the primal impetus to unfurl the sails of the Endeavor, Nicholas Thomas suggests that it was the Royal Society’s desire to observe the transit of the planet Venus across the face of the sun that served as the primary motivation, at least initially, for the mission.....

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2. “This Island’s Mine”: The Parallax Logics of Caliban’s Cacophony

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pp. 39-76

...How did the impulse to constellate the Americas into European colonial alignment come to depend upon the lamentable but ungrievable Indian? How do arrivants and other peoples forced to move through empire use indigeneity as a transit to redress, grieve, and fill the fractures and ruptures created through diaspora and exclusion? What happens to indigeneity within liberal multicultural settler societies when a multitude of historical experiences can each claim themselves as the real...

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3. The Masks of Conquest: Wilson Harris’s Jonestown and the Thresholds of Grievability

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pp. 77-116

...On November 18, 1978, the United States and Guyana were shaken by news that U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan and several of those traveling with him had been assassinated on an airstrip in Port Kaituma shortly after having visited the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project in Jonestown, Guyana. And while that event was shocking enough within the neocolonial international relations between the two countries ...

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4. “Been to the Nation, Lord, but I Couldn’t Stay There”: Cherokee Freedmen, Internal Colonialism, and the Racialization of Citizenship

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pp. 117-146

...In 1924 physicist Niels Bohr reportedly remarked upon his visit to Kronborg Castle in Demark, “Isn’t it strange how this castle changes as soon as one imagines that Hamlet lived here?”¹ The possibility of transformation, of “retrospective world-building” based upon the usual suspects of narrative and remembrance—the who, what, why, and when of a location—is something that Keith Basso discusses in his analysis of Western Apache spatial knowledges...

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5. Satisfied with Stones: Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization and the Discourses of Resistance

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pp. 147-184

...For a while now, as discussed in the first chapter, literary scholars, historians, and American studies scholars have perennially debated when and how U.S. empire emerged to reveal its face to the rest of the world. Often in these discussions, 1898 circulates, Victor Bascara explains in...

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6. Killing States: Removals, Other Americans, and the “Pale Promise of Democracy”

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pp. 185-220

...On June 27, 1942, John Collier, acting as administrator of the sole internment camp run by the Office of Indian Affairs, addressed the first group of 7,500 Japanese American internees at Poston, Arizona, on the Colorado River Indian Reservation (CRIR). His speech was the culmination of a policy vision of Indian self-management and economic self-sufficiency that stretched from the 1930s and collided headlong with the events that followed December 7, 1941....

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Conclusion: Zombie Imperialism

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pp. 221-230

...has taken as its point of entry the constellating discourses that juridically, culturally, and constitutionally produce “Indians” as an operational site within U.S. expansionism. “Indianness” circulates within poststructural, postcolonial, critical race, and queer theories as both sign and event; as a process of signification and exception, “Indianness” starts, stops, and reboots the colonialist...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 231-234

...A book like this only comes into being through the help of many minds and the support of advisors, colleagues, editors, friends, and family who took the time to read, comment, and offer encouragement along the way. I owe a huge debt of gratitude across the Midwest and into the Pacific. The book has been twelve years in the making and saw its beginnings ...

Notes

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pp. 235-270

Index

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pp. 271-295