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American Claimants: The Transatlantic Romance, c. 1820-1920

Sarah Meer


This book recovers a major nineteenth-century literary figure, the American Claimant. The claimant was used to imagine cultural contact and exchange across the anglophone Atlantic, especially between Britain and the United States. Later, claimants were exported to South Africa, in fictions representing black students who acquired American degrees. The book argues that the claimant was a major and pervasive motif, with literary, rhetorical, and political uses. It was invoked to imagine cultural difference, in relation to identity, inheritance, relationship, or time. It could dramatize tensions ... More

Keywords: transatlantic, cultural contact, inheritance, theatre, fiction, anti-slavery, education, periodical studies, reprinting, clothes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198812517
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198812517.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Meer, author
Senior University Lecturer in English, University of Cambridge