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Migration and Modernities

The State of Being Stateless, 1750-1850

Edited by JoEllen DeLucia, Juliet Shields

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Recovers a comparative literary history of migration

This collection initiates transnational, transcultural and interdisciplinary conversations about migration in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Migrants are by definition liminal, and many have existed historically in the murky spaces between nations, regions or ethnicities. These essays together traverse the globe, revealing the experiences — real or imagined — of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century migrants, from dispossessed Native Americans to soldiers in South America, Turkish refugees to Scottish settlers. They explore the aesthetic and rhetorical frameworks used to represent migrant experiences during a time when imperial expansion and technological developments made the fortunes of some migrants and made exiles out of others. These frameworks continue to influence the narratives we tell ourselves about migration today and were crucial in producing a distinctively modern subjectivity in which mobility and rootlessness have become normative.

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Contributor biographies
JoEllen DeLucia and Juliet Shields, "Introduction: A Literary History of Migration, 1750-1850"
I. Moving Voices: competing perspectives on migration
1. Betsy Bolton, "Byron’s Ambivalent Modernity: Touring and Forced Migration in Don Juan"
2. Kenneth McNeil, "Diasporas: Thomas Pringle and Mary Prince"
3. M. Soledad Caballero, "Transatlantic Masculinities: Military Leadership and Migration in the South American Wars of Independence"
4. Melissa Adams-Campbell, "At Home on the Prairie?: Black Hawk, Margaret Fuller, and American Indian Dispossession"
II. Migrants as Cultural Mediators: epistemes and aesthetics of mobility
5. Patricia Cove, "‘An Alien to my Country’: Migration and Statelessness in Frances Burney’s The Wanderer"
6. Dragana Grbić, “The Great Migration and Individual Travels: Precursors of Serbian Modernity?”
7. Olivera Jokic, "Orientalism in Transit: Company Men, Colonial Historiography, and Other Handmaidens of Empire"
8. Claire Gallien, "The Turkish Refugee as Vagrant Slave: Spaces of Disconnection and Dispossession in Ishmael Bashaw’s Refugee Narrative"

About the Author

JoEllen DeLucia is an Associate Professor of English and the Director of Women and Gender Studies at Central Michigan University. She has also published essays on women’s writing, travel literature, Romantic-era literature, and Enlightenment thought.

Juliet Shields is Associate Professor at the University of Washington, where she teaches eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British and American literature. She is author of Sentimental Literature and Anglo-Scottish Identity, 1745-1820 and Nation and Migration: The Making of British Atlantic Literature, 1765-1835. She has published essays on Scottish migration in ELH and European Romantic Review, and she is currently working on a book on Scottish women’s writing titled “The Romance of Everyday Life.”


Migrations and Modernities as a collection will certainly make an important contribution to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century studies in bringing the figure of the migrant into focus outside the category of the nation.

- George Boulukos, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

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