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Nation and Migration: The Making of British Atlantic Literature, 1765-1835

Juliet Shields


This book provides a literary history for a nation that still considers itself a land of immigrants. Most studies of transatlantic literature focus primarily on what Stephen Spender has described as the “love-hate relations” between the United States and England, the imperial center of the British Atlantic world. In contrast, this book explores the significant contributions of Scotland, Ireland, and Wales to the development of a British Atlantic literature and culture. It argues that, by allowing England to stand in for the British archipelago, recent literary scholarship has oversimplified th ... More

Keywords: nation, migration, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, transatlantic studies, eighteenth-century literature, nineteenth-century literature, Celtic peripheries, American literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190272555
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190272555.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Juliet Shields, author
Associate Professor of English, University of Washington