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Anna C. Brickhouse F'12

Anna C. Brickhouse

Associate Professor
English
University of Virginia
last updated: 07/22/13

ACLS Fellowship Program 2012
Associate Professor
Department: English
University of Virginia
The Unsettlement of America: The Story of Don Luis de Velasco

This study investigates a sixteenth-century indigenous translator who experienced nearly a decade of Western civilization before acting decisively against European settlement. Recovering the literary afterlife of Don Luis de Velasco across four centuries, it proposes the conceptual significance of unsettlement as a term evoking the richer American cultural history that emerges once we set aside the assumed inevitability of Anglo-American settlement. Finally, it explores the crucial role of failed translation in the shaping of hemispheric encounter, proposing mis-translation as the default condition of all translation in the colonial American world.