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Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Reprinting and the Embodied Book

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Informationen zum Autor Jessica DeSpain is Associate Professor of English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, USA. Unti... Weiterlesen
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Informationen zum Autor Jessica DeSpain is Associate Professor of English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, USA. Zusammenfassung Until the Chace Act in 1891, no international copyright law existed between Britain and the United States, which meant publishers were free to edit text, excerpt whole passages, add new illustrations, and substantially redesign a book's appearance. In spite of this ongoing process of transatlantic transformation of texts, the metaphor of the book as a physical embodiment of its author persisted. Jessica DeSpain's study of this period of textual instability examines how the physical book acted as a major form of cultural exchange between Britain and the United States that called attention to volatile texts and the identities they manifested. Focusing on four influential worksâCharles Dickens's American Notes for General Circulation, Susan Warner's The Wide, Wide World, Fanny Kemble's Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation, and Walt Whitman's Democratic VistasâDeSpain shows that for authors, readers, and publishers struggling with the unpredictability of the textual body, the physical book and the physical body became interchangeable metaphors of flux. At the same time, discourses of destabilized bodies inflected issues essential to transatlantic culture, including class, gender, religion, and slavery, while the practice of reprinting challenged the concepts of individual identity, personal property, and national identity. Inhaltsverzeichnis Contents: Introduction: steaming across the pond: books, bodies, and citizenship in 19th-century transatlantic culture; â™Here goes Boz - only a shilling!â™: the monstrous general circulation of American Notes; Claiming kindred with all the world: Susan Warnerâ™s The Wide, Wide World and its British reprints; Restaging intimacy: the pamphlet reproductions of Fanny Kembleâ™s Georgian journal; Whitmanâ™s democratic marrow: Democratic Vistas within a British working class cheap series; Conclusion: the transatlantic book after international copyright: the arts and crafts respond to an Anglo-American alliance; Bibliography; Index. ...

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Jessica DeSpain is Associate Professor of English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, USA.

Zusammenfassung
Until the Chace Act in 1891, no international copyright law existed between Britain and the United States, which meant publishers were free to edit text, excerpt whole passages, add new illustrations, and substantially redesign a book's appearance. In spite of this ongoing process of transatlantic transformation of texts, the metaphor of the book as a physical embodiment of its author persisted. Jessica DeSpain's study of this period of textual instability examines how the physical book acted as a major form of cultural exchange between Britain and the United States that called attention to volatile texts and the identities they manifested. Focusing on four influential worksCharles Dickens's American Notes for General Circulation, Susan Warner's The Wide, Wide World, Fanny Kemble's Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation, and Walt Whitman's Democratic VistasDeSpain shows that for authors, readers, and publishers struggling with the unpredictability of the textual body, the physical book and the physical body became interchangeable metaphors of flux. At the same time, discourses of destabilized bodies inflected issues essential to transatlantic culture, including class, gender, religion, and slavery, while the practice of reprinting challenged the concepts of individual identity, personal property, and national identity.

Inhalt
Contents: Introduction: steaming across the pond: books, bodies, and citizenship in 19th-century transatlantic culture; 'Here goes Boz - only a shilling!': the monstrous general circulation of American Notes; Claiming kindred with all the world: Susan Warner's The Wide, Wide World and its British reprints; Restaging intimacy: the pamphlet reproductions of Fanny Kemble's Georgian journal; Whitman's democratic marrow: Democratic Vistas within a British working class cheap series; Conclusion: the transatlantic book after international copyright: the arts and crafts respond to an Anglo-American alliance; Bibliography; Index.

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Titel: Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Reprinting and the Embodied Book
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EAN: 9781409432005
ISBN: 978-1-4094-3200-5
Format: Fester Einband
Herausgeber: Taylor and Francis
Genre: Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften
Anzahl Seiten: 224
Gewicht: 586g
Größe: H234mm x B156mm
Jahr: 2014

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