Between 1750 and 1820, tides of revolution swept the Atlantic world. From the new industrial towns of Great Britain to the plantations of Haiti, they heralded both the rise of democratic nationalism and the subsequent surge of imperial reaction. In Imagining the British Atlantic after the American Revolution, nine essays consider these revolutionary transformations from a variety of literary, visual, and historical perspectives. On topics ranging from painting and poetry to prison reform, the essays challenge and complicate our understandings of revolution and reaction within the transatlantic imagination. Drawing on examples from different local and regional contexts, they demonstrate the many remarkably local ways that revolution and empire were experienced in London, Pennsylvania, Pitcairn Island, and points in between. Published by the University of Toronto Press in association with the UCLA Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
Michael Meranze is a professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Saree Makdisi is a professor in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Introduction: Division, Renewal, and Repetition - Imagining the British Atlantic after the American Revolution (Michael Meranze And Saree Makdisi) 1. Transoceanic Spectacles of Dissection: London's Anatomical Art in Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania (Ari Sarafianos) 2. Disavowed and Reprobated: Anti-Quakerism in an Age of Revolution (Sarah Crabtree) 3. British Atlantic Catholicism in the Age of Revolution and Reaction (Catherine O'Donnell) 4. Mary Wollstonecraft's Two Lovers: Convergence and Divergence in Trans-Atlantic Literary Radicalism (Andrew Cayton) 5. Susanna Rowson's Antislavery and Feminist Ideals in Transatlantic Translation: A Tale of Three Cities (Jenna Gibbs) 6. Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg's Romantic Retreat: Magic, Mesmerism, and Prophecy, 1776-1802 (Iain McCalman) 7. From Radical Enthusiasm to Liberal Melancholia: Hugh Henry Brackenridge and Modern Chivalry, Part 1 and 2 (Anthony Galluzzo) 8. Penal Reform and Politics in Early Nineteenth-Century England: "A Prison Must Be a Prison" (Randall McGowen) 9. When the Atlantic Went Global: A Note on Slavery and Rebellion in Fletcher Christian's Pitcairn (Edward G. Gray)