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Atlantic CitizensNineteenth-Century American Writers at Work in the World$
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Leslie Eckel

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748669370

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748669370.001.0001

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The Vocational Routes of American Literature

The Vocational Routes of American Literature

(p.1) Introduction The Vocational Routes of American Literature
Atlantic Citizens

Leslie Elizabeth Eckel

Edinburgh University Press

This introduction provides framing examples of American writers’ transatlantic vocational pursuits, including Whitman’s editorial attempt to introduce his poetry to foreign readers and Douglass’s recognition of the personal and journalistic potential of his liberating experience abroad. In a critical context that considers the evolution of transatlantic literary studies and explains the implications of such key terms in this book as ‘professionalism’ and ‘cosmopolitanism,’ the introduction develops an understanding of the professional commitments and political stances that led nineteenth-century writers to shape their careers in a transatlantic public sphere. The six authors featured in this book – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Margaret Fuller, Frederick Douglass, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Grace Greenwood, and Walt Whitman – thought beyond the nation and acted outside of literature itself to play leading roles in making global culture. The introduction concludes with detailed summaries of subsequent chapters.

Keywords:   Professionalism, Vocation, Cosmopolitanism, Public sphere, Transatlantic, Political

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