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Christine Bold

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199234066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199234066.001.0001

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Vision of Pacific Destiny

Vision of Pacific Destiny

Imperial Geographies in the Overland Monthly, 1898–1900

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(p.519) Chapter 25 Vision of Pacific Destiny
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The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture
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Yu-Fang Cho

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199234066.003.0026

This chapter focuses on the making of the ‘imperial imaginary’ in one westward-facing magazine, the Overland Monthly. More specifically, it examines Overland Monthly’s production of white, Anglo-centric narratives of Pacific and other cultures. Before discussing Overland Monthly’s role in popular print culture in nineteenth-century America, the chapter considers the connections between regionalism and imperial imagination, with particular reference to the contradictions between American exceptionalism and U.S. imperialism. It also analyses the widespread circulation of discourses of imperialism and scientific racism within the context of ‘the popular’.

Keywords:   imperial imaginary, Overland Monthly, popular print culture, America, regionalism, exceptionalism, imperialism, scientific racism

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