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The Fabric of Empire

Material and Literary Cultures of the Global Atlantic, 1650-1850

"Textiles are the books that the colony was not able to burn."—Asociación Femenina para el Desarrollo de Sacatepéquez (AFEDES)

A history of the book in the Americas, across deep time, would reveal the origins of a literary tradition woven rather than written. It is in what Danielle Skeehan calls material texts that a people's history and culture is preserved, in their embroidery, their needlework, and their woven cloth. In defining textiles as a form of cultural writing, The Fabric of Empire challenges long-held ideas about authorship, textuality, and the making of books.

It is impossible to separate text from textiles in the early modern Atlantic: novels, newspapers, broadsides, and pamphlets were printed on paper made from household rags. Yet the untethering of text from textile served a colonial agenda to define authorship as reflected in ink and paper and the pen as an instrument wielded by learned men and women. Skeehan explains that the colonial definition of the book, and what constituted writing and authorship, left officials blind to non-alphabetic forms of media that preserved cultural knowledge, history, and lived experience. This book shifts how we look at cultural objects such as books and fabric and provides a material and literary history of resistance among the globally dispossessed.

Each chapter examines the manufacture and global circulation of a particular type of cloth alongside the complex print networks that ensured the circulation of these textiles, promoted their production, petitioned for or served to protract the rights of textile workers, facilitated the exchange of textiles for human lives, and were, in turn, printed and written on surfaces manufactured from broken-down linen and cotton fibers. Bringing together methods and materials traditionally belonging to literary studies, book history, and material culture studies, The Fabric of Empire provides a new model for thinking about the different media, languages, literacies, and textualities in the early Atlantic world.

About the Author

Danielle C. Skeehan (CLEVELAND, OH) is an assistant professor of English and comparative American studies at Oberlin College.

Endorsementss

"An innovative and important study of textiles as texts. Skeehan's genealogy of objects interconnects fabric and print, taking readers on a world tour to reveal how the physical object of fabric became a locus of ideas and emerging changes in world culture and politics. I would give the author the highest praise I can give to an interdisciplinary scholar: I could not tell what her home discipline was."

- George W. Boudreau, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, coeditor of A Material World: Culture, Society, and the Life of Things in Early Anglo-America

"This superbly researched, theoretically sophisticated book succeeds brilliantly in circumnavigating four continents and at least a dozen literary and material genres to bring into conversation an astonishing breadth of sources. Textiles truly come alive in this story, recording the knowledge, history, and lived experience of a host of otherwise silent historical actors: enslaved Africans and African Americans, dispossessed Native communities, industrial laboring women, indentured servants, rag pickers, and many more. A timely, bold, and courageous work."

- Linzy A. Brekke-Aloise, Stonehill College
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