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Gretchen J. Woertendyke

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190212278

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190212278.001.0001

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Popular Histories and Serious Fictions

Popular Histories and Serious Fictions

Manifest Destiny and the Spanish Atlantic World

(p.77) 3 Popular Histories and Serious Fictions
Hemispheric Regionalism

Gretchen J. Woertendyke

Oxford University Press

It is the discourse of manifest destiny that conjoins the popular romance and the Spanish Atlantic world; and Cuba provides a key site for staging the conflict between the Old World and the New. This chapter explores the rich source materials negotiating the disjunctive relations between regions and the expansive American hemisphere. Washington Irving’s biography of the legendary explorer Christopher Columbus and Alexandre Exquemelin’s Buccaneers helped to create the conditions out of which popular romance emerged. Popular romance, then, becomes a vehicle through which the Spanish Atlantic world, and Cuba especially, is translated for a broad reading public. In both texts, the danger and possibility of discovery are visible on the surface: the violence of slavery, domination, and pillaging are essential features of each narrative. But these ruptures produced by the violence and friction of hemispheric relations are sutured over by the rhetoric of manifest destiny, which provides the architecture for popular romance.

Keywords:   Washington Irving, Christopher Columbus, Cuba, Buccaneers, America, popular, Alexandre Exquemelin, Atlantic, pirate, manifest destiny

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