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Transatlantic Stories and the History of Reading, 17201810

Transatlantic Stories and the History of Reading, 17201810

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Eve Tavor Bannet
Cambridge University Press, 7/7/2011
EAN 9781107007468, ISBN10: 1107007461

Hardcover, 306 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
Language: English

Eve Tavor Bannet explores some of the remarkable stories about the Atlantic world that shaped Britons' and Americans' perceptions of that world. These stories about women, servants, the poor and the dispossessed were frequently rewritten or reframed by editors and printers in America and Britain for changing audiences, times and circumstances. Bannet shows how they were read by examining what contemporaries said about them and did with them; in doing so, she reveals the creatively dynamic and unstable character of transatlantic print culture. Stories include the 'other' Robinson Crusoe and works by Penelope Aubin, Rowlandson, Chetwood, Tyler, Kimber, Richardson, Gronniosaw, Equiano, Cugoano Marrant, Samson Occom, Mackenzie and Pratt.

Introduction
transatlantic stories and transatlantic readers
Part I. 'Poor Man's Country'
1. Strange adventures
2. Captivity and antislavery
3. The parallel Atlantic economy
4. Fortune's footballs
Part II. The Servant's Tale
5. The bonds of servitude
6. Bond and free
contemporary readings of Gronniosaw's Life
7. Samson Occom's itinerancies
Part III. Printscapes
8. Robert Bell's theaters of war
the war on politeness
9. Robert Bell's theaters of war
the war upon war
Afterword.