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Transatlantic Literary Studies

A Reader

Edited by Susan Manning, Andrew Taylor

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The first volume of critical texts to define the field of Transatlantic Literary Studies

This Reader provides 42 exemplary readings that map the theoretical and literary aspects of this growing cross-disciplinary subject area.

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Table of contents
Introduction: What is Transatlantic Studies?
A Note on the Texts
1. The Nation and Cosmopolitanism
i Claudia Stokes, 'Copywriting American History: International Copyright and the Periodization of the Nineteenth Century'
ii Robert Gross, 'The Transnational Turn: Rediscovering American Studies in a Wider World'
iii John Carlos Rowe, 'Nineteenth-Century United States Literary Culture and Transnationality'
iv Donald E. Pease, 'National Narratives, Postnational Narration'
v Paul Giles 'Transnationalism and Classic American Literature'
vi David Simpson, 'The Limits of Cosmopolitanism and the Case for Translation'
vii Amy Kaplan and Nina Gerassi-Navarro, 'Between Empires: Frances Calderón de la Barca's Life in Mexico'
viii Pascale Casanova, 'Principles of a History of World Literature'
2. Theory and Practice of Comparative Literature
i Rene Wellek and Austin Warren, 'General, Comparative, and National Literature'
ii Tony Tanner, 'Notes Towards a Comparison Between European and American Romanticism'
iii J. Hillis Miller 'English Romanticism, American Romanticism: What's the Difference?'
iv Robert Weisbuch, 'Cultural Time in England and America'
v Richard Gravil, 'Nature and Walden'
vi Margaret McFadden, 'On Beginning to Tell a 'Best-Kept Secret''
vii Jeremy Boissevain, 'Network Analysis: A Reappraisal'
3. Imperialism and the Postcolonial
i Peter Hulme, 'Prospero and Caliban'
ii Stuart Hall, 'Cultural Identity and Diaspora'
iii Paul Gilroy 'The Black Atlantic as Counterculture of Modernity'
iv Lawrence Buell, 'American Literary Emergence as a Postcolonial Phenomenon'
v James Snead, 'European Pedigrees/African Contagions: Nationality, Narrative, and Community in Tutuola, Achebe, and Reed'
vi Wai Chee Dimock, 'Deep Time: American Literature and World History'
4. Translation
i Walter Benjamin, 'The Task of the Translator'
ii Roman Jakobson, 'On Linguistic Aspects of Translation'
iii George Steiner, from After Babel: Aspects of Language and Translation
iv Douglas Robinson, 'The Tropics of Translation'
v Lori Chamberlain, 'Gender and the Metaphorics of Translation'
vi Daniel Katz, 'Jack Spicer's After Lorca: Translation as Decomposition'
vii Anna Brickhouse, 'A Francophone View of Comparative American Literature'
5. Style and Genre
i Eric Cheyfitz, 'Eloquence and Translation'
ii Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, 'Introduction: Rhizome'
iii Margaret Cohen, 'Traveling Genres'
iv Joseph Roach, 'Introduction: History, Memory, and Performance'
v Michael Davitt Bell, 'Romance and Rational Orthodoxy'
vi Nicolaus Mills, 'American and English Fiction in the Nineteenth Century: An Antigenre Critique and Comparison'
vii Eve Tavor Bannet, 'Empire and Occasional Conformity: David Fordyce's Complete British Letter-Writer'
viii Leonard Tennenhouse, 'The Americanization of Clarissa'
6. Travel
i Edward Said, 'Reflections on Exile'
ii Michel de Certeau, 'Ethno-Graphy: Speech, or the Space of the Other: Jean de Léry'
iii Stephen Fender, 'Introduction' to Sea Changes
iv William Stowe, 'The Rewards of Travel'
v Mary Louise Pratt, 'Introduction' to Imperial Eyes and 'Humboldt as Transculturator'
vi Mary Baine Campbell, 'Travel Writing and its Theory'
Glossary of Terms

About the Author

The late Susan Manning was Grierson Professor of English Literature, and Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.

Andrew Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh.


...a timely and invaluable resource for students and scholars researching in the broad field of Transatlantic Studies...this is far more than a simple compendium: it is a book which aims actively to participate in contemporary debates.
- James Peacock, Keele University, American Studies Today
Recent events in the global political arena have led to a revaluation in the study of the Atlantic literatures and cultures. Manning and Taylor’s Reader brings together a wide range of criticism, from René Wellek to Wai Chee Dimock, to show that our understanding of those literatures and cultures is freshly derived yet firmly rooted. The book has a substantial introductory chapter, and is shrewdly organised into six theoretical and thematic groups, each given a perceptive prologue. It will be required reading for years to come.
- Robert Lawson-Peebles, University of Exeter
The book should certainly be used as a core text for undergraduate and postgraduate courses on transatlantic studies and American studies. It is also highly relevant to Canadian studies.
- Faye Hammill, University of Strathclyde, British Journal of Canadian Studies
Here is a Reader that culls the most important, brilliant and groundbreaking pieces of literary criticism on a comparatist approach to American Studies and offers them to readers in one binding. It is a significant, timely critical achievement, and is certain to be praised by students and scholars alike.
- Joel Pace, University of Wisconsin