Rewriting American History - Williams and History
This paper examines William Carlos Williams' view of American history in light of postcolonial perspective especially In the American Grain published in 1925. In the American Grain is an important work because it reveals Williams' view of American history. In this book, Williams demonstrates that Native Americans and women, marginalized and silenced by the colonial values, lose their resistant hope. Williams tries to deconstruct American history by rewriting it from the perspective of the marginalized others. The best examples of the figures who have de-centered consciousness are P?e Sebastian Rasles and Aaron Burr. Williams identifies Rasles and Burr with the New World itself. Williams believes that “hybridization” and “crosspollenization” can obliterate the differences of race, gender, religion and sexuality. Denouncing the tradition inherited by the Spanish conquerors and the Puritans, Williams wants to retrieve distorted women's sexuality. For Williams, women's sexuality is the generative source of American society against Patriarchy and Imperialism. Regenerating women's sexuality points the way toward the hybridized and crosspollenized New World. In this regard, I maintain that Williams is a forerunner who predicts the advent of the multicultural and multiracial American society.
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