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The New Urban Atlantic

Voices of Cosmopolitanism in Early American Writing and Culture

Authors: Cillerai, Chiara

  • Challenges traditional concepts of early American cosmopolitanism through its transatlantic foregrounding
  • Incorporates a range of writings from time period including those by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson, Philip Mazzei, and Olaudah Equiano
  • Establishes a new way of studying the many voices that composed early American cultural and literary history
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About this book

This book argues that cosmopolitanism was a feature of early American discourses of nation formation and eighteenth-century colonialism. With the analysis of writings by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson, Philip Mazzei, and Olaudah Equiano, the book reassesses the terms in which we understand cosmopolitanism, its relationship with local and transatlantic environments, and the way these representative writers from different segments of colonial society identified themselves and America within the transatlantic context. The book shows that the transnational and universalist appeal of the cosmopolitan not only accompanies empire building and defines a narrative that aligns the cosmopolitan perspective of global understanding and cooperation with western political ideology. The language of the cosmopolitan also forms the basis of a rhetoric that resists imperial expansion and allows writers in a variety of cultural, social, and political margins to find a voice to identify themselves, America, and the transatlantic world they imagine.

About the authors

Chiara Cillerai is Associate Professor at the Institute for Writing Studies at St. John’s University, NY where she teaches composition and literature courses. She has published on such topics as the American Enlightenment and the circulation of ideas across the Atlantic, Thomas Jefferson, Philip Mazzei, and Toni Morrison. She is currently working on an edited collection of Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson’s writings.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Cillerai, Chiara

    Pages 1-16

  • Caught in the Webs of Empire: Benjamin Franklin’s Cosmopolitan Ideas for an American Self

    Cillerai, Chiara

    Pages 17-57

  • Jefferson’s Cosmopolitan Nature in Notes on the State of Virginia

    Cillerai, Chiara

    Pages 59-97

  • Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson’s Cosmopolis of Letters

    Cillerai, Chiara

    Pages 99-128

  • ‘A Continual and Almost Exclusive Correspondence’: Philip Mazzei’s Cosmopolitan Citizenship

    Cillerai, Chiara

    Pages 129-158

Buy this book

eBook £53.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62298-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £67.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62297-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Voices of Cosmopolitanism in Early American Writing and Culture
Authors
Series Title
The New Urban Atlantic
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62298-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62298-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62297-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 205
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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