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The Genius of Place

The Geographic Imagination in the Early Republic

Literary sectionalism in antebellum America and the rise of regional American identities


“It is when he is most attentive to humanistic geography and its refined phenomenology of meaningful place—as in his treatment of Indian and African American politics of emplacement, Catharine and Harriet Beecher’s map of a desk in their geography textbook, or Emerson’s “scholar’s garret”—that Apap’s analysis of the geographic imagination in the early Republic is most illuminating.”—William and Mary Quarterly

“The Genius of Place offers the best of American Studies scholarship; interdisciplinary, both broad and deep in its close reading of primary texts, and thoughtful in its approach to the antebellum decades, it offers fresh insight and connections to anyone interested in nineteenth-century American culture.”

Vermont History

“Overall, the argument is compelling, and much of its pleasure derives from Apap's competent handling of less-known works, such as Timothy Dwight’s Travels in New-England and New-York (1823) and Catherine Esther Beecher and Harriet Beecher’s Primary Geography for Children (1833). Apap draws the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, James Fenimore Cooper, William Gilmore Simms, and Washington Irving (for example) into conversation with a rich, complicated discourse about nation, place, and region. The breadth of the argument is matched by the depth of its analysis. . . . Highly recommended.”


“Long before Abraham Lincoln attempted in his second inaugural address to bind the nation’s wounds, early American writers, politicians, and geographers worried that the growing republic would splinter into regional factions. In The Genius of Place: The Geographic Imagination in the Early Republic, Christopher C. Apap describes how writers in the years after the War of 1812 described these regional divisions and sought to remedy them. In analyzing such sectional tensions, Apap foregrounds the importance of geographic heterogeneity in the construction of an American identity.”

New England Quarterly

“Apap’s study is rich, textured, and capacious in scope.”

Early American Literature

“[Apap] emphasizes that while the turn to the local was prevalent in Jacksonian-era writing, the geographical imaginaries it subtended vary widely.”

American Literature


"The Genius of Place is an important intervention into our understanding of the relationship between geographical knowledge and U.S. cultural production. By moving beyond the normative confines of the nation state, Apap redefines the function of scale in the long nineteenth century and fruitfully prompts us to consider the complex relationships between the local, the sectional, and the regional in shaping national expansion and expression."--Duncan Faherty, author of Remodeling the Nation: The Architecture of American identity, 1776–1858

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