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Transatlantic Stories and the History of Reading, 1720–1810
Migrant Fictions

  • Date Published: July 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107007468

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  • Eve Tavor Bannet explores some of the remarkable stories about the Atlantic world that shaped Britons' and Americans' perceptions of that world. These stories about women, servants, the poor and the dispossessed were frequently rewritten or reframed by editors and printers in America and Britain for changing audiences, times and circumstances. Bannet shows how they were read by examining what contemporaries said about them and did with them; in doing so, she reveals the creatively dynamic and unstable character of transatlantic print culture. Stories include the 'other' Robinson Crusoe and works by Penelope Aubin, Rowlandson, Chetwood, Tyler, Kimber, Richardson, Gronniosaw, Equiano, Cugoano Marrant, Samson Occom, Mackenzie and Pratt.

    • Gives readers unexpected and little explored perspectives on the eighteenth-century past
    • Offers historians of the book concrete examples of the variability and adaptability of texts in eighteenth-century British and American print culture
    • Presents stories bearing on the lives of women, servants, slaves, Indians, the poor and the déclassé, such as works by Penelope Aubin, Rowlandson and Chetwood
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    • Date Published: July 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107007468
    • length: 306 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: transatlantic stories and transatlantic readers
    Part I. 'Poor Man's Country':
    1. Strange adventures
    2. Captivity and antislavery
    3. The parallel Atlantic economy
    4. Fortune's footballs
    Part II. The Servant's Tale:
    5. The bonds of servitude
    6. Bond and free: contemporary readings of Gronniosaw's Life
    7. Samson Occom's itinerancies
    Part III. Printscapes:
    8. Robert Bell's theaters of war: the war on politeness
    9. Robert Bell's theaters of war: the war upon war
    Afterword.

  • Author

    Eve Tavor Bannet, University of Oklahoma
    Eve Tavor Bannet is George Lynn Cross Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma. Her books include Empire of Letters: Letter Manuals and Transatlantic Correspondence, 1680–1820 (Cambridge University Press, 2005); The Domestic Revolution: Enlightenment Feminisms and the Novel (2000); a four-volume edition of British and American Letter Manuals, 1680–1810 (2008) and Transatlantic Literary Studies, a collection of essays by British, American and Canadian scholars (co-edited with Susan Manning, Cambridge University Press, 2011).

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