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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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Vocation Or Vacation? Transatlantic Professionalism Now

Vocation Or Vacation? Transatlantic Professionalism Now

(p.181) Afterword Vocation Or Vacation? Transatlantic Professionalism Now
Atlantic Citizens

Leslie Elizabeth Eckel

Edinburgh University Press

Does transatlantic professionalism still matter? This afterword examines the multifaceted careers of two contemporary American writers – Paule Marshall and Adam Gopnik – who combine creative pursuits in literature with complementary work in journalism, lecturing, and editing. Their writing testifies to the resurgence of antebellum interests in national difference as an element of cultural critique, in the Atlantic as a geographical space conscious of the continuing history of slavery, and in self-promotion in a reading world without national boundaries. By fusing politics with personal memoirs, seeking sensual pleasure and material gain, and forgoing dissent in favor of institutionalizing transatlantic culture, these writers both preserve and betray the vocational spirit that they inherit from their antebellum literary ancestors.

Keywords:   Gopnik, Adam, Marshall, Paule, Slavery, Self-promotion, Professionalism, Journalism, Memoirs

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