Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xiv

...to the United States some years ago once complained about his novels’ reception in the U.S. publishing industry. His U.S. publishers were confused as to why his novels did not “sound very Asian American.” His writerly...

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Introduction

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pp. xv-xxx

...once dreamed of a U.S. island empire consisting of an insular chain connecting the Atlantic, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. Since the mid-nineteenth century, the continual reinvention of the frontier and manifest destiny...

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1. American Tropics

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pp. 1-20

...is the process by which discourse constitutes the objects which it pretends only to describe realistically and analyze objectively.”1 American Tropics interrogates the constitution of this fearsome shadow from which imperial...

I. An Imperial Grammar

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2. Disappearing Clauses: Reconstituting America in the Unincorporated Territories

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pp. 23-47

...Filipina plaintiff, Rosario Santillan Valmonte, born in 1934 during the Philippine Commonwealth era. She claimed U.S. citizenship based on the equal protection and citizenship clause of the Fourteenth Amendment...

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3. Moral Sentences: Boy Scouts and Novel Encounters with Empire

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pp. 48-78

...southern Philippines, and told him of her son’s involvement in the Boy Scout movement in New York City. Her son was Lorillard Spencer Jr., who organized the first American Boy Scout organization in New York City...

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4. Imperial Romance: Framing Manifest Destiny in the Pacific

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pp. 79-118

...of masculinity, heroism, nationalism, and benevolence throughout the Pacific region. The spaces of tropical America would incorporate Asian and Pacific...

II. Toward an American Postcolonial Syntax

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5. Reconstituting American Subjects: Proximate Masculinities

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pp. 121-148

...narrative voice in the process of textual self-creation in the autobiography. While explaining the condition of being a dark-skinned Puerto Rican in the suburbs, Thomas...

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6. Reconstituting American Predicates: Troping the American Tour d’Horizon

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pp. 149-177

...psychic transformations in the colonized subject who is forced “to recognize the unreality of his ‘nation,’ and in the last extreme, the confused character of his own biological structure.” Fanon does not argue that culture...

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Coda

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pp. 178-184

...century are testament to one fact: 7,100 islands did, in fact, float away from Latin American shores to settle for the moment in Asia, only to shuttle back and forth across the Pacific and the Caribbean. Such a critical...

Notes

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pp. 185-200

Index

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pp. 201-207