Transoceanic America

Risk, Writing, and Revolution in the Global Pacific
Oxford University Press
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  • erschienen am 23. Mai 2019
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  • 304 Seiten
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Transoceanic America offers a new approach to American literature by emphasizing the material and conceptual interconnectedness of the Atlantic and Pacific worlds. These oceans were tied together economically, textually, and politically, through such genres as maritime travel writing, mathematical and navigational schoolbooks, and the relatively new genre of the novel. Especially during the age of revolutions in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, long-distance transoceanic travel required calculating and managing risk in the interest of profit. The result was the emergence of a newly suspenseful form of narrative that came to characterize capitalist investment, political revolution, and novelistic plot. The calculus of risk that drove this expectationist narrative also concealed violence against vulnerable bodies on ships and shorelines around the world. A transoceanic American literary and cultural history requires new non-linear narratives to tell the story of this global context and to recognize its often forgotten textual archive.
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  • Großbritannien
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978-0-19-257758-0 (9780192577580)
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Michelle Burnham is Professor of English at Santa Clara University, where she specializes in early American literature, Native American literature, transoceanic studies, and popular culture. She is the author of Folded Selves: Colonial New England Writing in the World System and Captivity and Sentiment: Cultural Exchange in American Literature, 1682-1861 (both with the Univ. Press of New England). She has edited A Separate Star: Selected Writings of Helen Hunt Jackson (Heyday Press) and the 1767 novel The Female American (Broadview Press). She is currently working on a project that brings together literary history, book history, and digital humanities to recover the transoceanic genre of castaway fiction.
  • Cover
  • Transoceanic America: Risk, Writing, and Revolution in the Global Pacific
  • Copyright
  • Dedication
  • Preface And Acknowledgments
  • Contents
  • List of Figures
  • Introduction: transoceanic america
  • America between Oceans
  • The Liquidities of War Capitalism
  • Lines Circles Spirals
  • The Voyage Ahead
  • Part I: Connecting the Pacific and the Atlantic
  • 1: Narrative: Trade and time in early pacific travel writing
  • Pacific Travel and Pacific Travel Writing
  • Profit and Prolongation
  • Duration and Expectation
  • The Calculus of Risk
  • 2: Numbers: Calculation and speculation in the eighteenth-century novel
  • Numerical Genres and Global Trade
  • Calculative Certainty and Numerical Tables
  • Speculative Risk and Lottery Schemes
  • Gender and Disembodiment
  • 3: Politics: Violence and gender in the revolutionary pacific
  • Revolutionary Narrative
  • Pacific Revolts
  • Pacific Revolutions
  • From Nation to Empire
  • Embodiment and Commercial Violence
  • Gender and Risk from Below
  • Part II: Reading Novels across Oceans
  • 4: Circles: Seduction and revolution in the travels of hildebrand bowman
  • Cannibalism and Dismemberment
  • Human Senses and Stadial Theory
  • Feathers and Luxury
  • Revolution and Consumption
  • Transoceanic Literary History and the Novel
  • 5: Coils: Financial speculation and global revolution in charles brockden brown's ormond
  • Philadelphia and China
  • Seduction and Speculation
  • The Revolutionary and Commercial Pacific
  • Expectation and Exploitation
  • 6: Cycles: Atlantic slavery and pacific botany in william earle's obi
  • Plants and Bodies
  • Jamaica and Tahiti
  • Seeds and Transplantation
  • Plants and Revolutions
  • Provisions and Infections
  • 7: Circuits: Female bodies and capitalist drive in leonora sansay's secret history
  • The Colony and the Wife
  • Atlantic Triangles and Pacific Circuits
  • Coquettes and Revolutionaries
  • Bloodhounds and Land Crabs
  • Epilogue: Towards a transoceanic american literary History
  • Endnotes
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5
  • Chapter 6
  • Chapter 7
  • Epilogue
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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