Citizens of the World

Citizens of the World
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Adapting in the Eighteenth Century
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Samara Anne Cahill
Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture, 1650–1850
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Nine authors from prominent universities around the world show how the adventurous thinkers, artists, and adventurers of the eighteenth-century period placed adaptation at the center of the quest for a modern civilization. The book will appeal to cultural historians, historians of science, and those interested in literary metamorphoses.
Citizens of the World investigates an area of eighteenth-century cultural, intellectual, and day-to-day life that many have seen but few have explored: adaptation. Throughout the long eighteenth century, adaptation happened repeatedly and in diverse forms: in the experience of travelers, merchants, and expatriates who made their way in foreign lands; in the adjustment of ancient literary norms to modern themes, concerns, and expectations; in the development of scientific apparatus for the probing of newly-discovered phenomena; in translating; in the adjusting of familiar architecture for new environments; in speculating about and making provision for the future reception of contemporary works; in the tempering and symphonizing of musical instruments; and in dozens of other no less important ways. The eight essays in this book, composed by scholars from Europe, Asia, and North America, provide the first panoramic view of adaptation during the Enlightenment. Essays delve into such diverse forms of adaptation as the representation of cultural interchange on porcelain serving pieces; the attempt to come to terms with the demands of air travel through the often cumbersome technology of ballooning; the relevance of the English Enlightenment to present-day Caribbean literature; piracy as a form of recalibration; Vietnamese verse; Georgic envisioning of ecological stability; and the uncanny interactions of French provincial architecture with both eighteenth-century dwellers and their descendants. Cumulatively, the essays illuminate the process by which eighteenth-century thinkers, artists, and adventurers elevated adaptation from a mere necessity to a stimulating, happily unending cultural project.
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Preface: Surviving the Eighteenth Century by
Samara Anne Cahill
Introduction: “All manag’d for the best”: Ecology and the Dynamics of Adaptation
David Fairer
Part I: Interdisciplinary Adaptations
Chapter One: The Elusive Image Rising over the Horizon: Re-contextualizing the Legacy of an Eighteenth-Century Aristocrat by
Gilles Massot
Chapter Two: Hot Air and Chilly Welcomes: Accidental Arrivals with Balloons and Airships in the Eighteenth Century and Beyond by
Jessika Wichner
Part II: Transnational Adaptations
Chapter Three: Wide Open Hemispheres: Punch Bowls, Punch, and World Citizenship in Eighteenth-Century British Culture by
Bärbel Czennia
Chapter Four: “The story is now about us”: Olive Senior to “England’s wealthiest son” by
Shirley Chew
Part III: Gendered Adaptations
Chapter Five: Avast Ye Mateys! There Be Pirates Here—But How Will We Recognize Them? by
Kathryn Duncan
Chapter Six: Sea and Mulberry: Hồ Xuân Hương, Nguyễn Du, and the Establishment of a Vietnamese National Literature by
Susan Spencer and Nhu Nguyen
Conclusion: The Coziness of Crisis: The Invigorating Enlightenment Art of Adapting to Almost Anything by
Kevin L. Cope
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