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date: 13 November 2019

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This chapter explores the place of postcolonialism in understanding the Americas. It reflects more particularly on the ways in which recent and current criticism has sought to ‘postcolonialize’ this hemispheric territory. There is an initial consideration of the usefulness of postcolonial criticism in analysing the United States; the chapter then proceeds to draw on case studies from Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean to suggest the extent to which the concept of a postcolonial America constrained by specific national boundaries is challenged and disrupted by alternative hemispheric, transnational, transcontinental and Atlanticist models that privilege colonial and postcolonial connections while stressing the permeability and even redundancy of national frames.

Keywords: United States, Latin America, Quebec, Haiti, hemispheric studies

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