Empire's Proxy: American Literature and U.S. Imperialism in the Philippines
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Empire's Proxy: American Literature and U.S. Imperialism in the Philippines

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In the late nineteenth century, American teachers descended on the Philippines, which had been newly purchased by the U.S. at the end of the Spanish-American War. Motivated by President McKinley's project of "benevolent assimilation," they established a school system that centered on English language and American literature to advance the superiority of the Anglo-Saxon tra...more
Hardcover, 235 pages
Published April 11th 2011 by New York University Press
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This book makes a significant intervention as to how we understand U.S. educational systems and the institutionalization of the study of U.S. literature.

The focus of this book is the relationship between American literature and U.S. imperialism in the Philippines. According to Meg Wesling, U.S. Literature is empire’s proxy. Wesling discusses the focus on “benevolent assimilation” (teachers and schools) in the Philippines in the context of the rising 19th C sense of U.S. literature as moral upli...more
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