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American Futures Past: The Counterfactual Histories of Chinese Invasion

Edlie L. Wong

in Racial Reconstruction: Black Inclusion, Chinese Exclusion, and the Fictions of Citizenship

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781479868001
eISBN:
9781479899043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479868001.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

By the final decades of the nineteenth century, the notion of an Asiatic threat was well established in U.S. culture, in part through “Yellow Peril” propaganda, a product of the Pacific Coast ... More


Political Uses of Counterfactual History

Quentin Deluermoz and Pierre Singaravélou

in A Past of Possibilities: A History of What Could Have Been

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780300227543
eISBN:
9780300262858
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300227543.003.0010
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter determines whether counterfactual history has an ambiguous relationship to politics as it attempts to imagine possible worlds by positioning itself in relation to established facts. It ... More


Introduction

Catherine Gallagher

in Telling It Like It Wasn't: The Counterfactual Imagination in History and Fiction

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226512389
eISBN:
9780226512556
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226512556.003.0001
Subject:
History, Historiography

The introduction defines what is meant by historical counterfactuals and delineates the three major forms that they take: analytical counterfactual histories, alternate histories, and ... More


From Delhi to Vienna: Counterfactual History Across the World

Quentin Deluermoz and Pierre Singaravélou

in A Past of Possibilities: A History of What Could Have Been

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780300227543
eISBN:
9780300262858
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300227543.003.0003
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter reviews the debates within the English language approach and those to which it has given rise, Considering their importance in the circulation and reception of counterfactual practices. ... More


In Thucydides’ Wake: An Ancient and Unknown Genealogy

Quentin Deluermoz and Pierre Singaravélou

in A Past of Possibilities: A History of What Could Have Been

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780300227543
eISBN:
9780300262858
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300227543.003.0002
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter talks about “What-if” history, which did not originate in the provocative minds of a few Anglo-American historians at the beginning of the millennium, nor from the pen of some ... More


The Historical Imagination and Counterfactual Approaches

Quentin Deluermoz and Pierre Singaravélou

in A Past of Possibilities: A History of What Could Have Been

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780300227543
eISBN:
9780300262858
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300227543.003.0006
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter cites the Carlos M. N. Eire's counterfactual history on the death of Jesus after escaping crucifixion, which reveals the important links between counterfactual history and imagination. ... More


Telling It Like It Wasn't: The Counterfactual Imagination in History and Fiction

Catherine Gallagher

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226512389
eISBN:
9780226512556
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226512556.001.0001
Subject:
History, Historiography

Historical “what-if” scenarios abound in our current political, academic, legal, cultural, and literary discourses. This book reveals the origins and development of the counterfactual mode of ... More


A Past of Possibilities: A History of What Could Have Been

Quentin Deluermoz and Pierre Singaravelou

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780300227543
eISBN:
9780300262858
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300227543.001.0001
Subject:
History, Social History

What if history, as we know it, had run another course? Touching on alternate histories of the future and the past, or uchronias, this book encourages deeper consideration of watershed moments in the ... More


Conclusion: Against Historicism: James D. Corrothers and Speculations on Our Racial Futures

Edlie L. Wong

in Racial Reconstruction: Black Inclusion, Chinese Exclusion, and the Fictions of Citizenship

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781479868001
eISBN:
9781479899043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479868001.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

The conclusion returns to and critically recasts the Chinese invasion subgenre studied at length in Chapter 3. Serialized in the NAACP’s Crisis magazine, the African American writer James D. ... More


Conclusion: Becomings in the World

Quentin Deluermoz and Pierre Singaravélou

in A Past of Possibilities: A History of What Could Have Been

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780300227543
eISBN:
9780300262858
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300227543.003.0015
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter emphasizes how the counterfactual approach and analysis of possible futures open a gap, wherein one can easily get lost. One may consider it too risky, detect a certain vacuity, or ... More


From Pterodactyls to Piccadilly Circus: Uchronias of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Quentin Deluermoz and Pierre Singaravélou

in A Past of Possibilities: A History of What Could Have Been

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780300227543
eISBN:
9780300262858
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300227543.003.0004
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter grasps the current state of counterfactual history by examining uchronia in its more explicitly literary sense. It explains how the what-if history and revisions of the past ... More


Still Hungry

Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alexie, and Mary Rowlandson

in Weak Planet: Literature and Assisted Survival

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226477077
eISBN:
9780226477244
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226477077.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter features the user-amended captivity narratives of Louise Erdrich, and Sherman Alexie. These two, not known and most likely not welcome to Mary Rowlandson, proceed to edit her Sovereignty ... More


Scripting a Role for the Speaker of Private Prayer: 2 and 3 Henry VI

Ceri Sullivan

in Shakespeare and the Play Scripts of Private Prayer

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780198857310
eISBN:
9780191890208
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198857310.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, Shakespeare Studies

Private prayer creates narrative lines about its beneficiaries. Collections of model prayers show kitchen maids how to empathize with war heroes, or gentlemen with pregnant women, or merchants with ... More


Conclusion: Sacred Texts, Godly Readers, and Historical Change

John Coffey

in Exodus and Liberation: Deliverance Politics from John Calvin to Martin Luther King Jr.

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199334223
eISBN:
9780199369393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199334223.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Religion, Political History

The concluding chapter emphasizes the vulnerability and the power of biblical texts. The Exodus story was exploited by inventive readers in multiple and often incompatible ways; it also influenced ... More


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