"The Opinions of the Judges": Transpacific Legacies of David Fagen

Spencer Tricker

University of Miami

Spencer Tricker is a Ph.D. Candidate in English at the University of Miami. His dissertation, “Imminent Communities: Transpacific Literary Form and Racialization, 1847-1920,” examines American and East Asian literary contestations of an imperial rhetoric he calls Pacific Imminence. In contrast to Manifest Destiny’s brazen exceptionalism, Pacific imminence framed U.S. Pacific ascendancy as an impending development inaugurating global economic prosperity and cosmopolitan community. A chapter, entitled “‘Five Dusky Phantoms’: Gothic Form and Cosmopolitan Shipwreck in Melville's Moby-Dick,” appears in the Spring 2017 issue of Studies in American Fiction.


My presentation takes a comparative, interdisciplinary approach to the Pacific intersections of black and Filipino communities in the long nineteenth century. Focusing on David Fagen, an African-American soldier in the... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Spencer Tricker (University of Miami)

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Pacific Intersections


S9 » Seminar 9: Pacific Intersections (15:45 - Saturday, 24th March, Boardroom East)

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