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date: 25 June 2019

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This article examines the works of Washington Irving within the broad framework of global narratives. It analyzes how geographical variables enter into the writings of Irving and how as an author he played self-consciously with the contours of cultural mapping. The article suggests that the reflexive nature of Irving's work speaks to a meta-geographical dimension which was common to many American writers in the antebellum period, who were concerned in one way or another with how the national domain might be mapped.

Keywords: Washington Irving, global narratives, cultural mapping, antebellum period, geographical variables, meta-geographical dimension

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