"[T]he cobweb shapes of the arctic town": Ghosts of Alaska in The Country of the Pointed Firs

Ryan Charlton

University of Mississippi

Ryan Charlton is a Ph.D. candidate in the English department at the University of Mississippi. His work has appeared in Callaloo and American Studies in Scandinavia. He is currently writing a dissertation which explores how the U.S. purchase of Alaska shaped discourses of race, region, and national identity in the Reconstruction and post-Reconstruction eras.


When the U.S. purchased Alaska in 1867, many believed that white Americans would thrive in the Alaskan climate. However, the prolonged inability of the U.S. to develop the territory in subsequent years would put a damper on... [ view full abstract ]


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