Imagining the British Atlantic after the American Revolution
Between 1750 and 1820, tides of revolution swept the Atlantic world. From the new industrial towns of Great Britain to the plantations of Haiti, they heralded both the rise of democratic nationalism and the subsequent surge of imperial reaction.
In Imagining the British Atlantic after the American Revolution, nine essays consider these revolutionary transformations from a variety of literary, visual, and historical perspectives. On topics ranging from painting and poetry to prison reform, the essays challenge and complicate our understandings of revolution and reaction within the transatlantic imagination. Drawing on examples from different local and regional contexts, they demonstrate the many remarkably local ways that revolution and empire were experienced in London, Pennsylvania, Pitcairn Island, and points in between.
Published by the University of Toronto Press in association with the UCLA Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
- Series: UCLA Clark Memorial Library Series
- World Rights
- Page Count: 396 pages
- Illustrations: 7
- Dimensions: 9.3in x 1.0in x 9.3in
‘This edited collection provides novel perspective and much food for thought on the revolutionary Atlantic and its complexity.’
Enrico Dal Lago
Canadian Journal of History vol 51:03:2016
"The editors have curated an insightful, thought provoking collection that is sure to inspire a multitude of future academics to re-conceptualize the heterogeneity that existed in the Atlantic world during the Age of Revolution."
H-Net Reviews published on H-USA February 2018
“Imagining the British Atlantic after the American Revolution is a stirring and instructive collection, full of local histories that complicate general claims of revolutionary rupture. It makes a decisive contribution to transatlantic studies by focusing on the cultural and political effects of colonial revolution in the eighteenth century and beyond.”
Paul Youngquist, Department of English, University of Colorado Boulder
“Meranze and Makdisi’s collection pulls together scholars from history, history of art, and literature whose essays demand the reader recognize the fluid boundaries of the revolutionary imagination from c.1750–1820. This is a thought-provoking, impressive collection of essays.”
Ella Dzelzainis, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University
Author InformationMichael Meranze is a professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Saree Makdisi is a professor in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Table of contents
Introduction: Division, Renewal, and Repetition – Imagining the British Atlantic after the American Revolution (Michael Meranze And Saree Makdisi)
1. Transoceanic Spectacles of Dissection: London’s Anatomical Art in Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania (Ari Sarafianos)
2. Disavowed and Reprobated: Anti-Quakerism in an Age of Revolution (Sarah Crabtree)
3. British Atlantic Catholicism in the Age of Revolution and Reaction (Catherine O’Donnell)
4. Mary Wollstonecraft’s Two Lovers: Convergence and Divergence in Trans-Atlantic Literary Radicalism (Andrew Cayton)
5. Susanna Rowson’s Antislavery and Feminist Ideals in Transatlantic Translation: A Tale of Three Cities (Jenna Gibbs)
6. Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg’s Romantic Retreat: Magic, Mesmerism, and Prophecy, 1776–1802 (Iain McCalman)
7. From Radical Enthusiasm to Liberal Melancholia: Hugh Henry Brackenridge and Modern Chivalry, Part 1 and 2 (Anthony Galluzzo)
8. Penal Reform and Politics in Early Nineteenth-Century England: “A Prison Must Be a Prison” (Randall McGowen)
9. When the Atlantic Went Global: A Note on Slavery and Rebellion in Fletcher Christian’s Pitcairn (Edward G. Gray)
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