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Contents Acknowledgments     vii Introduction     1 Part I. The Black Legend, Hispanicism, and the Emergence of National Identity in the Early United States 1. Joel Barlow’s The Vision of Columbus and The Columbiad: US National Identity and Spain     37 2. James Fenimore Cooper’s Mercedes of Castile and Jack Tier: Realism and Hispanicism     64 3. Herman Melville’s “Benito Cereno” as Critique of Hispanicist Exceptionalism: Cosmopolitanism and Ironizing Identity     94 Part II. Hispanicism and the Case of Cuba 4. Mary Peabody Mann’s Juanita: Cuba and US National Identity     119 5. José Antonio Saco’s Antiannexationist Essays: Cuba, Hispanicism, and National Identity     147 Epilogue: The Hispanicist Forebears of 1898     165 Notes     187 Works Cited     193 Index     207 ...


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  • American literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
  • American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
  • National characteristics, American, in literature.
  • American literature -- Spanish influences.
  • American literature -- Latin American influences.
  • Latin America -- In literature.
  • Spain -- In literature.
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