From the University Press of Kansas. The mythmakers of US expansion have expressed “manifest destiny” in many different ways—and so have its many discontents. A multidisciplinary study that delves into these contrasts and contradictions, Inventing Destiny offers a broad yet penetrating cultural history of nineteenth-century US territorial acquisition—a history that gives voice to the underrepresented actors who significantly complicated US narratives of empire, from Native Americans and Anglo-American women to anti- and non-national expansionists. The contributors—established and emerging scholars from history, American studies, literary studies, art history, and religious studies—make use of source materials and techniques as various as artwork, religion, geospatial analysis, interior colonialism, and storytelling alongside fresh readings of traditional historical texts. For more information see the Inventing Destiny page
I enjoyed presenting some of my current research at the Western Literature Association annual conference in Santa Fe and learning about many exciting new work in the literature and culture of the US and greater Wests. My paper, "The Clashing of Stones: The Ecogothic and Empire in Henry R. Schoolcraft's Transallegania (1820)," will likely serve as the basis of a sub-chapter in my current book project This Empire Grim. For more click (Here).