The Pleasures of Intergalactic Exile

  • Chantal Zabus


It is Prospero, rather than Adam or Faustus, who is specifically named in nineteenth-century and twentieth-century White, male American writing. But it is also Prospero, rather than Miranda or Caliban or Ariel or Sycorax, who is explicitly invoked when it comes to explaining the beginnings of the idea of America in the early Settlement period. So, if Prospero “returns” at all in twentieth-century American fiction, it is as the descendant of his Puritan forefathers. The Puritan-as-Prospero is a recurrent motif since the Puritan attempt to subjugate the American wilderness is akin to Pros-pero’s control over elemental nature in The Tempest and his domestication of the island to fit his particular design.


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