The Spanish world’s first great experiment with liberalism

In March 1812, while Napoleon’s brother Joseph sat on the throne of Spain and the armies of France occupied much of the country, legislators elected from Spain and its overseas territories met in the Andalusian city of Cádiz. There, as the cornerstone of a government in exile, they drafted and adopted the first liberal constitution in the Hispanic w9780817318567orld, a document that became known as the Cádiz Constitution of 1812.

The 1812 Constitution was extremely influential in and beyond Europe, and this collection of essays explores how its enduring legacy not only shaped the history of state-building, elections, and municipal governance in Iberian America, but also affected national identities and citizenship as well as the development of race and gender in the region.

A bold blueprint for governing a global, heterogeneous monarchy, the Constitution represented a rupture with Spain’s Antiguo Régimen (Old Regime) in numerous ways–in the limits it placed on the previously autocratic Bourbon monarchs, in the admission to its governing bodies of deputies from Spain’s American viceroyalties as equals, and in its framers’ vociferous debate over the status of castas (those of mixed ancestry) and slaves. The Rise of Constitutional Government in the Iberian Atlantic World covers these issues and adopts a transatlantic perspective that recovers the voices of those who created a vibrant political culture accessible to commoners and elite alike.

The bicentenary of the Constitution of 1812 offered scholars an excellent moment to reexamine the form and role of constitutions across the Spanish-speaking world. Constitutionalism remains a topic of intense debate in Latin America, while contemporary Spain itself continues to seek ways to balance a strong central government with centripetal forces in its regions, notably the Basque and Catalan provinces. The multifaceted essays compiled here by Scott Eastman and Natalia Sobrevilla Perea both shed new light on the early, liberal Hispanic societies and show how the legacies of those societies shape modern Spain and Latin America.


Scott Eastman is an associate professor of transnational history at Creighton University. He is the author of Preaching Spanish Nationalism across the Hispanic Atlantic, 1759-1823. His research interests focus on the intersection of identity, colonialism, and culture in the nineteenth-century Hispanic-Atlantic world. Natalia Sobrevilla Perea is a senior lecturer at the University of Kent at Canterbury. She is the author of The Caudillo of the Andes: Andrés de Santa Cruz. Currently, she is leading a project to digitize nineteenth-century regional newspapers from Peru.


“This significant collection brings together essays from leading international scholars on the Spanish world’s first great experiment with liberalism. Their contributions approach the book’s subject from an impressive range of geographical, thematic, and chronological angles. The greatest of the many merits of this book is that contributors examine the Constitution of 1812 in the context of these historical events, not just as an abstract political document. By showing such great sensitivity to the local situations in which the Constitution was implemented and appropriated on the ground, this very nuanced collection reveals the many meanings and outcomes of the constitutional experiment.”
–Rafe Blaufarb, author of Bonapartists in the Borderlands: French Exiles and Refugees on the Gulf Coast, 1815-1835 and The French Army, 1750-1820: Careers, Talent, Merit

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Atlantic Crossings

Rafe Blaufarb, series editor

Living the “good life” in the suburban imaginary

Starting with the premise that suburban films, residential neighborhoods, chain restaurants, malls, and megachurches are compelling forms (topos) that shape and materialize the everyday lives of residents and visitors, Greg Dickinson’s Suburban Dreams offers a rhetorically attuned critical analysis of contemporary American suburbs and the “good life” their residents pursue.Jkt_Dickinson_mktg

Dickinson’s analysis suggests that the good life is rooted in memory and locality, both of which are foundations for creating a sense of safety central to the success of suburbs. His argument is situated first in a discussion of the intersections among buildings, cities, and the good life and the challenges to these relationships wrought by the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The argument then turns to rich, fully embodied analyses of suburban films and a series of archetypal suburban landscapes to explore how memory, locality, and safety interact in constructing the suburban imaginary. Moving from the pastoralism of residential neighborhoods and chain restaurants like Olive Garden and Macaroni Grill, through the megachurch’s veneration of suburban malls to the mixed-use lifestyle center’s nostalgic invocation of urban downtowns, Dickinson complicates traditional understandings of the ways suburbs situate residents and visitors in time and place.

The analysis suggests that the suburban good life is devoted to family. Framed by the discourses of consumer culture, the suburbs often privilege walls and roots to an expansive vision of worldliness. At the same time, developments such as farmers markets suggest a continued striving by suburbanites to form relationships in a richer, more organic fashion.

Dickinson’s work eschews casually dismissive attitudes toward the suburbs and the pursuit of the good life. Rather, he succeeds in showing how, by identifying the positive rhetorical resources the suburbs supply, it is possible to engage with the suburbs intentionally, thoughtfully, and rigorously. Beyond an analysis of the suburban imaginary, Suburban Dreams demonstrates how a critical engagement with everyday places can enrich daily life. The book provides much of interest to students and scholars of rhetoric, communication studies, public memory, American studies, architecture, and urban planning.


Greg Dickinson is a professor of communication studies at Colorado State University and coeditor of Places of Public Memory: The Rhetoric of Museums and Memorials. In 1995 he received the Gerald R. Miller Dissertation Award from the National Communication Association and in 2012 received the NCA’s Golden Anniversary Monograph Award.


Suburban Dreams represents an original contribution to rhetorical studies. It cements Dickinson’s existing reputation as one of the foremost authorities in rhetorical studies on the rhetoric of space, place, and consumer culture.”
–Bradford Vivian, author of Public Forgetting: The Rhetoric and Politics of Beginning Again and Being Made Strange: Rhetoric Beyond Representation

“Greg Dickinson has for some time been on the leading edge of research into the communicative and rhetorical dimensions of space and place. This book extends that important program of research by considering American suburbia, a long-standing target of scorn and dismissal. Dickinson skillfully analyzes how suburbia serves as a locus of desire, motivation, and affiliation by its detractors. He is able to place the suburb at or near the center of American popular culture, and his work will demand fresh attention to that space/place. This book will be of interest to scholars in rhetoric, communication studies, geography, American studies, architecture, and far-flung students of the city.”
–Barry S. Brummett, author of Rhetoric in Popular Culture and Rhetorical Homologies: Form, Culture, Experience


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Discount offer! Exploding narrow definitions of African American poetry

What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Writers in America is the second book in a landmark two-volume anthology that explodes narrow definitions of African American poetry by examining experimental poems often excluded from previous scholarship. The first volume, Every Goodbye Ain’t Gone, covers the period from the end of World War II to the mid-1970s. In What I Say, editors Aldon Lynn Nielsen and Lauri Ramey have assembled a comMechcvr_Nielsen.inddprehensive and dynamic collection that brings this pivotal work up to the present day.

The elder poets in this collection, such as Nathaniel Mackey, C. S. Giscombe, Will Alexander, and Ron Allen, came of age during and were powerfully influenced by the Black Arts Movement, and What I Say grounds the collection in its black modernist roots. In tracing the fascinating and unexpected paths of experimentation these poets explored, however, Nielsen and Ramey reveal the tight delineations of African American poetry that omitted noncanonical forms. This invigorating panoply of work, when restored, brings into focus the creatively elastic frontiers and multifaceted expressions of contemporary black poetry.

Several of the poets discussed in What I Say forged relationships with members of the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry movement and participated in the broader community of innovative poetry that emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s and continues to exert a powerful influence today.

Each volume can stand on its own, and reading them in tandem will provide a clear vision of how innovative African American poetries have evolved across the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. What I Say is infinitely teachable, compelling, and rewarding. It will appeal to a broad readership of poets, poetics teachers, poetics scholars, students of African American literature in nonnarrative forms, Afro-futurism, and what lies between the modern and the contemporary in global and localized writing practices.


Wil Alexander / Ron Allen / T. J. Anderson III / Tisa Bryant / Pia Deas / C. S. Giscombe / Renee Gladman / Duriel E. Harris / Harmony Holiday / Erica Hunt / Kim D. Hunter / Geoffrey Jacques / Douglas Kearney / John Keene / Nathaniel Mackey / Dawn L. Martin / Mark McMorris / Tracie Morris / Fred Moten / Harryette Mullen / Mendi Lewis Obadike / G. E. Patterson / Julie Ezelle Patton / Claudia Rankine / Deborah Richards / Evie Shockley / giovanni singleton / Tyrone Williams / Ronaldo V. Wilson


Aldon Lynn Nielsen is the author of Black Chant: Languages of African-American Postmodernism and Integral Music: Languages of African-American Innovation. Lauri Ramey is the author of Slave Songs and the Birth of African American Poetry and The Heritage Series of Black Poetry, 1962-1975. Nielsen and Ramey also coedited Every Goodbye Ain’t Gone: An Anthology of Innovative Poetry by African Americans.


“This anthology offers a uniquely valuable range of poems by contemporary writers that is as necessary and expansive as air while as imaginatively fluid as the equally essential property of water. What I Say deserves a prominent place on the shelves of readers, writers, and scholars interested in the literary and aesthetic future of black American poetics. Yet, since it is such a compelling read, it won’t stay on those shelves!”

–Meta DuEwa Jones, author of The Muse is Music: Jazz Poetry from the Harlem Renaissance to the Spoken Word

What I Say makes an original and important contribution to the fields of American and African American arts and letters and to the more general field of poetry and poetics.”

–Nathaniel Mackey, author of Discrepant Engagement: Dissonance, Cross-Culturality, and Experimental Writing


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Modern and Contemporary Poetics / Charles Bernstein and Hank Lazer, series editors

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