Named moral father of the Internet by Wired Magazine and quoted by President Barack Obama in his historic first inaugural address, Thomas Paine is an American revolutionary figure who continues to intrigue and infuriate. New Directions in Thomas Paine Studies offers an interdisciplinary perspective on Paine's distinctive influence on a number of eighteenth-century discourses, from politics and literature, to human rights and religion. This volume aims to expand the field of study on one of the most important figures not simply in the American, but the global revolutionary period of the late eighteenth-century. Drawing on an international group of scholars who hope to deconstruct the nationalistic boundaries that have hampered Paine studies for decades, the essays offer not only new interpretations of Paine's major works, but new methodologies that reflect the enduring presence of Paine in American cultural discourse.
Scott Cleary is Associate Professor of English at Iona College, USA. He has published on a wide variety of eighteenth-century authors, including Alexander Pope, Christopher Smart, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Paine. He is currently the Director of Iona College's Institute for Thomas Paine Studies.
Ivy Linton Stabell is Assistant Professor of English at Iona College, USA. She has published essays on biographies written for children in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America.
1. The Historiographical and Cultural Impact of Thomas Paine: A Quantitative Approach; Raymond Irwin
2. Examining the Thomas Paine Corpus: Automated Computer Authorship Attribution Methodology Applied to Thomas Paine's Writings; Gary Berton, Smiljana Petrovic, Lubomir Ivanov, and Robert Schiaffino
3. 'A Kind of Bee-Hive': Thomas Paine and the Pennsylvania Magazine; Peter Chapin and Kara Nowakowski
4. Apostles of Freedom: Pro-French American Democrats and Thomas Paine as Religious Crusaders; Matthew Rainbow Hale
5. Paine's Rights Reconsidered; Gregory Claeys
6. Irreligion Made Easy: The Reaction to Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason; Patrick Hughes
7. Thomas Paine's Le Siècle de la Raison, ou Le Sens Commun Des Droits De L'Homme: Notes on a Curious Edition of The Age of Reason; David Hoffman and Claudia Carlos
8. Thomas Paine's Lessons in Republicanism, (1802-1807); Marc Belissa
9. Thomas Paine's Reflections on the Social Contract: a Consistent Theory?; Carine Lounissi
10. The Aim and Meaning of Constitutions According to Thomas Paine; Maurizio Griffo
11. Erasure of Public Memory: The Strange Case of Tom Paine in Washington, D.C.; Richard Robyn