Table of Contents:
  • Introduction: ancient America in the post-colonial national imaginary
  • Commencements: pre-Columbian worlds and Philip Freneau's literature of American empire
  • Diplomacy: Joel Barlow's scripting and subscripting of ancient America
  • Noctography: Prescott's sketchings of Aztecs and Incas
  • Mutations: Melville, representation, and South American history
  • Passage: two rivulets and the obscurity of American maps.