Opening the Archive: War Trophies and the "Alternative to Extinction"

Tony McGowan

West Point

McGowan short CV: Tony McGowan is a civilian Associate Professor of English at West Point, where he directs the English program and teaches North American literatures and cultural theory. He currently teaches “Migration Arts,” an interdisciplinary senior seminar in advanced literary studies for English majors. His scholarly interests include 19th century counter-visual narratives of U.S. history, especially as discoverable through archival research into the violent legacy of national expansion. He co-chairs the History Group of the Melville Electronic Library and is contributing scholar at Melville’s Marginalia Online. 


How can close-reading within underexplored military archives re-situate our historical understanding of the ways shifting stories of cultural genocide become absorbed within America’s red record of migration, sanctuary, and... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Tony McGowan (West Point)

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P59 » Postwar Afterlives (15:45 - Friday, 23rd March, Enchantment D)

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