Transatlantic Traffic and (Mis)Translations
Publication Year: 2013
This book will appeal to a broad spectrum of scholars in American, British, and Transatlantic literary studies.
Published by: University of New Hampshire Press
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Foreword: Transatlantic Traffic 1610–1910
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One of the last half-century’s most interesting, and often challenging, de-velopments in the academic humanities is the blurring or erasure of the conventional disciplinary taxonomies and boundaries that arose in the En-lightenment and were consolidated in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This is particularly the case in scholarship on the Americas and ...
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Soon after he began his English Notebooks in 1853 Nathaniel Hawthorne described a Sunday outing in the countryside outside Liverpool where he We passed an old church, with a tower and a spire, and, half-way up, a patch of ivy, dark-green, and some yellow wall flowers in full bloom, growing out of the crevices of the stone. Mr Barber told us that the ...
Prologue: Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic (Mis)Understandings
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...folded from a distinctly skittish to a much more amicable, albeit still guarded, mutuality as the United States rose toward world power status, even as the British Empire neared its own ultimate extension. This essay assesses selected aspects of the cultural history of that unfolding.By 1900, the postcolonial legitimation anxieties that had made Americans ...
Part I: Monstrosities and Curiosities
1 | Curiosities of the New World and John Winthrop, Jr.’s, Epistolary Visits to the Royal Society
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...n February 10, 1670, Winthrop’s curious “stellar” fish, or starfish, was unboxed at a regular meeting of the Royal Society. ¹ The fish was part of a collection of items that were revealed to the Society’s members that day. It was encased in one of four boxes of curiosities, all of which contained a rich variety of flora and fauna: to offer just a few of ...
2 | The Transatlantic Larynx in Wartime
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...he most profound societal and cultural shifts are often audible. Of the many Anglo-American exchanges that energized the period cov-ered by this collection, one of the more notable took place within the throat, through incremental but significant divergence of accent. Through the Revolution both nations inhabited relatively parallel acoustic worlds, ...
3 | The Monstrous Transatlantic Witchcraft Narrative
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...efore she became an established household name, Elizabeth Gaskell published in the journal of her friends Mary and William Howitt under the pseudonym “Cotton Mather Mills.”¹ This was, in many ways, an apt choice for Gaskell, cleverly combining a reference to the fac-tories that littered the Lancastrian landscape of her home with a nod to ...
Part II: Translations, Conversions, and Rewritings
4 | The Reformation of Their Disordered Lives
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I heard that Word, That it is a shame for a man to wear long hair, and that there was no such custom in the Churches: at first I thought I loved not long hair, but I did, and found it very hard to cut it off. man who converted to Christianity during the seventeenth century, and they epitomize the difficulties faced by both New England mis-...
5 | The Toast of Heroes and Fair Albion’s Son
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...ames Macpherson’s Poems of Ossian (1760–63) are today widely recog-nized (again) as one of the publishing sensations of the third quarter of the eighteenth century. Jerome MacGann considers that “Ossian’s influ- ence on the literary scene of the late eighteenth century eclipsed all oth-ers.” Robert Crawford believes that Macpherson “initiated and brought to ...
6 | Walt Whitman and William Blake
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...n the twentieth century, Walt Whitman and William Blake have been repeatedly yoked together as bards of the people and the prophetic qualities of their verse have been used in the fight against tyranny of all forms. But the myth surrounding Blake and Whitman was developed in the context of an emerging democratic poetic that was keenly engaged with ...
Part III: Transatlantic Traffic and Performances
7 | Prophecy and Geography in Anne Bradstreet’s “Contemplations”
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...nne Bradstreet has often been cast in the role of America’s first poet, but her verse can seem frustratingly short on American particulars.¹ Recent scholarly interests in empire and ecocritical interpreta-tion have converged to reveal the importance of “landscape as a vehicle of prophecy” (Sweet 214) in early American writing, yet Bradstreet’s poetry ...
8 | Coloniality, Performance, Translation
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...hat is left over when the act of linguistic translation is complete? What are translation’s remnants — the bodily remains of trans-regard to American culture, and this is so because American/U.S. cul-ture originates in a scene of colonial encounter. The scene of encounter in-volves translation — building a bridge of meaning that traverses languages ...
9 | Literature of Attractions
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...—‘‘Something New,’’ Batavia New York News, 29 April 1913n 1902, Jack London penned a hurried letter to his lover, Anna Strunsky. It began with an apology: “I had intended to write you a good long letter for yourself, but people have come, must shave now or never and have some toning to do in dark room.”¹ The fact that London mentions work-...
About the Editors and Contributors
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Robin Peel is an Associate Professor and Reader in English in the School of Humanities at the University of Plymouth. Since 2000 his research has focused on the relationship between politics, culture and the work of three American writers, leading to three monographs: ...
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Page Count: 248
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: New England in the World