The New Urban Atlantic

Hospitality and the Transatlantic Imagination, 1815–1835

Authors: Schoolar Williams, Cynthia

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Hospitality and the Transatlantic Imagination, 1815-1835 argues that a select group of late-Romantic English and American writers disrupted national tropes by reclaiming their countries' shared historical identification with hospitality. In doing so, they reimagined the spaces of encounter: the city, the coast of England, and the Atlantic itself.

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Cynthia Schoolar Williams is Instructor in the Deptartment of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, USA.

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'...by gathering what may seem at first glance to be an unusual variety of topics and authors, Williams makes an original contribution to this growing sub-field... sensitive, probing readings.' Evan Gottlieb, The BARS Review


''We do not know what hospitality is,' Jacques Derrida once said. Yet, in Cynthia Schoolar Williams' competent hands, this non-knowledge proves to be exceptionally generative. Succinct and intellectually agile, her book traces the frisson of threshold experiences activating and connecting the work of a range of Romantic writers on both sides of the Atlantic. Through a series of intelligent readings, Williams demonstrates that thresholds are wholly fraught spaces, at once scenes of alienation, intimacy, and possibility. Her book explores what it means hospitably to encounter a stranger and to be encountered as a stranger including a stranger to oneself. She gives us a robust language with which to consider the fierce vicissitudes of nineteenth-century forms of welcoming and belonging in whose wake we continue to struggle." - David L. Clark, Professor of English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University, Canada

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Keeping Hospitality

    Williams, Cynthia Schoolar

    Pages 1-41

  • Mary Shelley at The Threshold: Displacement and form in Lodore

    Williams, Cynthia Schoolar

    Pages 43-75

  • A Sailor’s Welcome: James Fenimore Cooper’s The Pilot and Hospitality in the Coastal Zone

    Williams, Cynthia Schoolar

    Pages 77-107

  • Hospitable History: Washington Irving’ S Bracebridge Hall and the Uses of Merry Old England

    Williams, Cynthia Schoolar

    Pages 109-143

  • England as Centrifuge: Felicia Hemans and the Threshold Foreclosed

    Williams, Cynthia Schoolar

    Pages 145-173

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Hospitality and the Transatlantic Imagination, 1815–1835
Authors
Series Title
The New Urban Atlantic
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Cynthia Schoolar Williams
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-34005-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137340054
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-34004-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-46468-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 235
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