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Archiving Settler Colonialism

Culture, Space and Race, 1st Edition

Edited by Yu-ting Huang, Rebecca Weaver-Hightower


284 pages

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Archiving Settler Colonialism: Culture, Race, and Space brings together 15 essays from across the globe, to capture a moment in settler colonial studies that turns increasingly towards new cultural archives for settler colonial research. Essays on hitherto under-examined materials—including postage stamps, musical scores, urban parks, and psychiatric records—reflect on how cultural texts archive moments of settler self-fashioning. Archiving Settler Colonialism also expands settler colonial studies’ reach as an international academic discipline, bringing together scholarly research about the British breakaway settler colonies with underanalyzed non-white, non-Anglophone settler societies. The essays together illustrate settler colonial cultures as—for all their similarities—ultimately divergent constructions, locally situated and produced of specific power relations within the messy operations of imperial domination.

Table of Contents



List of Figures

Notes on Contributors


  1. Settler Colonialism and Its Cultural Archives: Ways of Reading

    Yu-ting Huang and Rebecca Weaver-Hightower

  2. PART I. Spaces, Sites, and Scales

  3. More than Just Symbols: Re-Surfacing Indigenous Place in the Far North of New Zealand

    Avril Bell

  4. Arthur H. Adams and Australasian Narratives of the Colonial World

    Helen Bones

  5. The Settler Urban Landscape of a British Concession— Victoria Park in Tianjin, China

    Yichi Zhang

  6. PART II. Subordinate Settlers

  7. Colony at the Crossroads: The "Translated" Settlement of Texas under Stephen F. Austin

    Adam Nemmers

  8. German Settler Colonialism in Southern Brazil in German Documentary Films of the 1930s

    Frederik Schulze

  9. "They Become Some Thing Like the Natives": Liberia, Colonization, and the Rhetoric of Belonging

    Jeffrey A. Mullins

  10. PART III. Variations in Genres

  11. William Henry Bell: Composing and the Art Music Frontier in Cape Town

    Claudia Jansen van Rensburg

  12. Landscape and Settler Nationalism in the "White Dominions"

    Damian Skinner and Lize van Robbroeck

  13. The Visual Rhetoric of Settler Stamps: Rhodesia's Rebellion and the Projection of Sovereignty

    Josiah Brownell

  14. PART IV. Settler Psyches

  15. Murder for White Consumption? Jimmy Governor and the Bush Ballad

    Meg Foster

  16. Queering Settler Romance: The Reparative Eugenic Landscape in Nora Strange’s Kenyan Novels

    Elizabeth W. Williams

  17. Settler Colonial Thought and Psychiatric Practice in Early 20th-century British Columbia, Canada

    Kathryn McKay

  18. PART V. Settler Languages

  19. Reprinting the Past: Persisting German Settler Narratives in Namibia Today 

    Martin Kalb

  20. The Settler Baroque: Decay and Creolization in Chang Kuei-hsing's Borneo Rainforest Novels

    Yu-ting Huang

  21. “Being Hawaiian” in Pidgin: The Literature of John Dominis Holt and Brandy Nālani McDougall

    Kara Hisatake

  22. Afterword

  23. The Global Archive of Liminal Settlement

    Lorenzo Veracini

About the Editors

Yu-ting Huang is Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University, USA.

Rebecca Weaver-Hightower is Professor of English at North Dakota State University, USA.

About the Series

Empire and the Making of the Modern World, 1650-2000

This monograph series seeks to explore the complexities of the relationships among empires, modernity and global history. In so doing, it wishes to challenge the orthodoxy that the experience of modernity was located exclusively in the west, and that the non-western world was brought into the modern age through conquest, mimicry and association. To the contrary, modernity had its origins in the interaction between the two worlds.

In this sense the imperial experience was not an adjunct to western modernization, but was constitutive of it. Thus the origins of the defining features of modernity - the bureaucratic state, market economy, governance, and so on - have to be sought in the imperial encounter, as do the categories such as race, sexuality and citizenship which constitute the modern individual. This necessarily complicates perspectives on the nature of the relationships between the western and non-western worlds, nation and empire, and 'centre' and 'periphery'.

To examine these issues the series presents work that is interdisciplinary and comparative in its approach; in this respect disciplines including economics, geography, literature, politics, intellectual history, anthropology, science, legal studies, psychoanalysis and cultural studies have much potential, and will all feature. Equally, we consider race, gender and class vital categories to the study of imperial experiences. We aim, therefore, to provide a forum for dialogues among different modes of writing the histories of empires and the modern. Much valuable work on empires is currently undertaken outside the western academy and has yet to receive due attention. This is an imbalance the series intends to address and so we are particularly interested in contributions from such scholars. Also important to us are transnational and comparative perspectives on the imperial experiences of western and non-western worlds.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Africa / East
HISTORY / Africa / South / General
HISTORY / Africa / West
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
HISTORY / Africa / South / Republic of South Africa
HISTORY / Asia / Southeast Asia
HISTORY / Expeditions & Discoveries