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Atlantic Citizens: Nineteenth-Century American Writers at Work in the World

Leslie Eckel


This rediscovery of the bold cosmopolitan activism and professional literary adventures of six American writers argues that antebellum authors never imagined ‘America’ without thinking of other nations and never defined it outside the context of a network of global relationships. As this book challenges theories of national exceptionalism, it also questions the exceptional status of literature itself. By looking beyond authors’ familiar literary works, this study illuminates their practices of Atlantic citizenship. From leading authors Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Ralph Waldo Emerson to popu ... More

Keywords: Professional, Cosmopolitan, Global, Activism, Transatlantic, United States, Exceptionalism, Citizenship, Journalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748669370
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748669370.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leslie Eckel, author
Suffolk University