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The Edinburgh Companion to Atlantic Literary Studies

Edited by Leslie Eckel, Clare Elliott

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New and original collection of scholarly essays examining the literary complexities of the Atlantic world system

This Companion offers a critical overview of the diverse and dynamic field of Atlantic literary studies, with contributions by distinguished scholars on a series of topics that define the area. The essays focus on literature and culture from first contact to the present, exploring fruitful Atlantic connections across space and time, across national cultures, and embracing literature, culture and society. This research collection proposes that the analysis of literature and culture does not depend solely upon geographical setting to uncover textual meaning. Instead, it offers Atlantic connections based around migration, race, gender and sexuality, ecologies, and other significant ideological crossovers in the Atlantic World. The result is an exciting new critical map written by leading international researchers of a lively and expanding field.

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Foreword, Leslie Elizabeth Eckel and Clare Frances Elliott
Introduction: The New Atlantic Literary Studies, Paul Giles
Part I: Atlantic Cultural Geographies
1. The Silkworm and the Bee: Georgia, Cognitive Mapping, and the Atlantic Labour System in Boltzius and Thomson, Leonard von Morzé
2. From Auburn to Upper Canada: Pastoral and Georgic Villages in the British Atlantic World, Juliet Shields
3. London’s Pan-Atlantic Public Sphere: Luso-Hispanic Journals 1808-1830, Joselyn M. Almeida
4. Emerson’s Atlantic States, Christopher Hanlon
Part II: Atlantic Mobilities
5. Shifting Cultures and Transatlantic Imitations: The Case of Burney, Bennett, and Read, Eve Tavor Bannet
6. ‘We are where we are’: Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn, Mythologies of Return and the Post-Celtic Tiger Moment, Sinéad Moynihan
7. Contemporary Atlantic Literature and the Unhappiness of Travel, Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson
Part III: The Black Atlantic
8. Writing Race and Slavery in the Francophone Atlantic: Transatlantic Connections and Contradictions in Claire de Duras’s Ourika and Victor Hugo’s Bug-Jargal, Susan Castillo Street
9. Crosscurrents of Black Utopianism: Martin R. Delany’s and Frederick Douglass’s Countercultural Atlantic, Leslie Elizabeth Eckel
10. Black Diaspora Literature and the Question of Slavery, Yogita Goyal
Part IV: Atlantic Genders and Sexualities
11. The Early Modern Queer Atlantic: Narratives of Sex and Gender on New World Soil, Jennifer Frangos
12. ‘Local locas’: Trans-Antillean Queerness in Mayra Santos-Febres’s Sirena Selena, Ivonne M. García
13. Queer Atlantic Modernism and Masculinity in Claude McKay’s Banjo and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night, Daniel Hannah
Part V: Reform and Revolution
14. Urban Reform, Transatlantic Movements, and US Writers: 1837-1861, Brigitte Bailey
15. Early Feminism and the Circulation of Self-Reliance in the Atlantic World, Clare Frances Elliott
16. Suffragette Celebrity at Home from Abroad: Feminist Periodicals and Transatlantic Circulation, Barbara Green
Part VI: Atlantic Exchanges
17. An Atlantic Adam: Emerson and the Origins of United States Literature, David Greenham
18. Frances Hodgson Burnett and the ‘American Girl’ in England, Sarah Wagner-McCoy
19. Music, Language, and (Latin) American Grains: William Carlos Williams’ Voyage to Pagany and ‘The Desert Music’, Daniel Katz
Part VII: Atlantic Ecologies
20. ‘Calcutta still haunts my Fancy,’ or, the Confusion of Old and New World Ecologies in Early Caribbean Literature, Kirk McAuley
21. ‘More Savage Than Bears or Wolves’: Animals, Colonialism, and the Aboriginal Atlantic, Kevin Hutchings
22. Reading the ‘Book of Nature’: Emerson, the Hunterian Museum, and Transatlantic Science, Samantha Harvey
23. Transatlantic Magazines and the Rise of Environmental Journalism, Susan Oliver
Part VIII: Atlantic Events
24. Sputniks, Ice-Picks, G.P.U.: Nabokov’s Pale Fire, Adam Piette
25. ‘O O O O that Shakespeherian Rag’: Bob Dylan, The Beatles and T. S. Eliot’s Transatlantic Encounters, Christopher Gair
26. Unbridgeable Gaps: Time, Space and Memory in the Post-9/11 Novel, Catherine Morley
Selected Bibliography.

About the Author

Leslie Elizabeth Eckel is Associate Professor of English at Suffolk University in Boston. She is the author of Atlantic Citizens: Nineteenth-Century American Writers at Work in the World (2013). Her essays have appeared in books and journals such as Atlantic Studies, Transatlantica, Common-place, Arizona Quarterly, and ESQ. Her current book project, “Dwelling in Possibility: Atlantic Utopias and Countercultures,” explores the linguistic networks of utopian writing in the long nineteenth century.

Clare Frances Elliott is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Northumbria University. She is interested in transatlantic literary connections in the long nineteenth century and is the co-editor with Michael Patrick Cullinane of International Perspectives on Presidential Leadership (2014) and (with Andrew Hook) of Francis Jeffrey's American Journal: New York to Washington 1813 (2011). She is completing a monograph on William Blake’s reception in the US.


Wide-ranging in time, space, and ambition, the essays in this volume illuminate new literary territory and draw striking connections across continents, languages, and traditions. A brilliant primer on the methodologies of Atlantic literary studies.

- Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, author of New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 1649-1849

This Companion promises to make a significant and wide-ranging contribution to the field of Atlantic Literary Studies... Essential reading for students and scholars alike.

- Catherine Jones, University of Aberdeen

By circumnavigating the many real and imagined routes that the literary Atlantic has taken, this inspiring volume offers a breadth and quality of scholarship that makes it an essential reference point both within and beyond Atlantic Studies.

- Martin Halliwell, Professor of American Studies, University of Leicester

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