The Atlantic Enlightenment

Routledge, 02.03.2017 - 224 Seiten
Transatlantic studies, especially during the enlightenment period, is of increasing critical interest amongst scholars. But was there an Atlantic Enlightenment? This interdisciplinary collection harnesses the work of some of the most prominent figures in the fields of literature; intellectual, cultural, and social history; geography; and political science to examine the emergence of the Atlantic as one of the key conceptual paradigms of eighteenth century studies. In this spirit, the contributors offer new insights into the conditions that generated a major transatlantic genre of writing; addressing questions of race, political economy, and the transmission of Enlightenment ideas in literary, political, historical, and religious contexts. Whether examining John Witherspoon's evolution from Calvinist theologian to Revolutionary theorist, or Adam Smith's reception in the antebellum United States, the essays remind us that the transatlantic traffic in ideas moved from west to east, from east to west, and in patterns that both complicate and enrich what we thought we knew about the vectors of transmission in this pivotal period.

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List of Figures
Enlightenment Historiography and Cultural Civil Wars
Where was the Atlantic Enlightenment?Questions
John Witherspoon and the Transatlantic Enlightenment
David Hume and the Seagods of the Atlantic
The Atlantic Enlightenment and German Responses to
Don Quixote and the Fictions
Transatlantic Sentiments
Adam Smith and the Crisis of the American Union
The Enlightenment at Sea in the Atlantic World

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Über den Autor (2017)

Susan Manning is Grierson Professor of English Literature and Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Francis D. Cogliano is Professor in American History at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

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