Journal of Empire Studies

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They Took The Words From Our Mouth!

LANGUAGE AS A COMPONENT OF EMPIRE Native Language, National Literature and Cultural Revitalization in Colonialism: Ireland As A Case Study Joe Reilly, Ph. D EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION The Irish language has been a focal point...

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Machines as the Measure of Men

Professor Michael Adas’ interview and the review can serve as an introduction to the study of technology and the many ways it has changed us. The current generation of students needs an entry point into this most valuable field of study, never more vital than

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The Metanarrative of Suspicion

Mistrust of authority has always existed, I’m sure, but it seems to have blossomed in the twentieth century (and become ubiquitous in the twenty-first century). In this idea-rich interview and in her scholarly book, The Metanarrative of Suspicion: in Late Twentieth Century America,

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Food and the Social Order

The current generation of food writers has taken this topic and turned it into an entire field of study. Talented writers have discovered a treasure of fascinating people and powerful themes in the products so familiar to

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Ahab and Portrayals of Evil

How is an American villain different from a Russian villain, or a West African villain? What is “evil” to us? Why are some villains really powerful characters with deep grips on our imagination, and others

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Film Noir

When I recently circulated a list of presentation topics among the cadets in my “Literature and Empire” course, a third of them wanted to present the Detectives and Narratives of Suspicion topic. It is easy to see why:

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The Woman in Melville

My students and I were considering a haiku about the wind from Mount Edo when one of my best cadets, Dawsey, asked out loud if the poet who wrote it (Basho) might be laughing at us for trying to read so much into his casual little verse.

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War and the Natural World

The unintended consequences of war—both good and bad—are fascinating to my students. My cadets always engage with lesson plans on the technology that came out of World War II, for example, or the packs of wild dogs in Vietnam which are the descendants of U.S. canine corps from the late 1960’s, or the marine