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The Forms of Informal Empire

Britain, Latin America, and Nineteenth-Century Literature

Spanish colonization of Latin America came to an end in the early nineteenth century as, one by one, countries from Bolivia to Chile declared their independence. But soon another empire exerted control over the region through markets and trade dealings—Britain. Merchants, developers, and politicians seized on the opportunity to bring the newly independent nations under the sway of British financial power, subjecting them to an informal empire that lasted into the twentieth century.

In The Forms of Informal Empire, Jessie Reeder reveals that this economic imperial control was founded on an audacious conceptual paradox: that Latin America should simultaneously be both free and unfree. As a result, two of the most important narrative tropes of empire—progress and family—grew strained under the contradictory logic of an informal empire. By reading a variety of texts in English and Spanish—including Simón Bolívar's letters and essays, poetry by Anna Laetitia Barbauld, and novels by Anthony Trollope and Vicente Fidel López—Reeder challenges the conventional wisdom that informal empire was simply an extension of Britain's vast formal empire. In her compelling formalist account of the structures of imperial thought, informal empire emerges as a divergent, intractable concept throughout the nineteenth-century Atlantic world.

The Forms of Informal Empire goes where previous studies of informal empire and the British nineteenth century have not, offering nuanced and often surprising close readings of British and Latin American texts in their original languages. Reeder's comparative approach provides a new vision of imperial power and makes a forceful case for expanding the archive of British literary studies.

About the Author

Jessie Reeder is an assistant professor of English at Binghamton University.

Endorsementss

"Sharply written, lucidly argued, and intellectually confident, The Forms of Informal Empire will help us to resituate the British world and its cultural forms in their full, properly global framework. Reeder's study will push the field of British studies to continue opening up to larger and more consequential comparatist frameworks."

- Nathan K. Hensley, Georgetown University, author of Forms of Empire: The Poetics of Victorian Sovereignty

"The Forms of Informal Empire makes an informed and convincing case that narratives bear a special burden among the social practices that constituted the British Empire's interface with independent Latin America. This is a feat of great compass and the result is impressively comparative, bringing Romantic poetry, Victorian realism, imperial adventure, and transnational autobiography into conversation with nineteenth-century liberalism, twentieth-century decolonial history, and twenty-first-century formalism."

- Anna Kornbluh, University of Illinois at Chicago, author of The Order of Forms: Realism, Formalism, and Social Space

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