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The New Urban Atlantic

India in the American Imaginary, 1780s–1880s

Editors: Arora, Anupama, Kaur, Rajender (Eds.)

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  • Discusses a breadth of materials ranging from paintings to missionary tracts to literary texts by writers such as Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, and Maria Susanna Cummins
  • Offers a vast appeal to scholars interested in American Studies, Asian Studies, South Asian Studies, Asian-American Studies, transatlantic studies, and postcolonial studies
  • Breaks open a scholarly discussion that has been neglected about the shifting American attitudes towards India from 1780-1880
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About this book

This book seeks to frame the “the idea of India” in the American imaginary within a transnational lens that is attentive to global flows of goods, people, and ideas within the circuits of imperial and maritime economies in nineteenth century America (roughly 1780s-1880s). This diverse and interdisciplinary volume – with essays by upcoming as well as established scholars – aims to add to an understanding of the fast changing terrain of economic, political, and cultural life in the US as it emerged from being a British colony to having imperial ambitions of its own on the global stage. The essays trace, variously, the evolution of the changing self-image of a nation embodying a surprisingly cosmopolitan sensibility, open to different cultural values and customs in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century to one that slowly adopted rigid and discriminatory racial and cultural attitudes spawned by the widespread missionary activities of the ABCFM and the fierce economic pulls and pushes of American mercantilism by the end of the nineteenth century. The different uses of India become a way of refining an American national identity.

About the authors

Anupama Arora is Associate Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Massachusetts, USA.
Rajender Kaur is Associate Professor of English at William Paterson University of New Jersey, USA, where she teaches courses in postcolonial, Asian American, British, and World literatures.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • India in the American Imaginary, 1780s–1880s

    Kaur, Rajender (et al.)

    Pages 3-37

  • An Eye for Prices, an Eye for Souls: American Merchants and Missionaries in the Indian Subcontinent, 1784–1838

    Verney, Michael A.

    Pages 41-74

  • The Empire Comes Home: Thomas Law’s Mixed-Race Family in the Early American Republic

    Zagarri, Rosemarie

    Pages 75-108

  • Indo-American Encounters in Melville and Thoreau: Philosophy, Commerce, and Religious Dialogue

    Yothers, Brian

    Pages 111-140

  • “Every India Mail”: The Lamplighter and the Prospect of U.S. Transoceanic (Postal) Empire, 1847–1854

    Kelley, Mark B.

    Pages 141-171

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eBook $84.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62333-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.00
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  • Due: January 1, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-319-87293-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
India in the American Imaginary, 1780s–1880s
Editors
  • Anupama Arora
  • Rajender Kaur
Series Title
The New Urban Atlantic
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62334-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62334-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62333-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87293-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 292
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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