Print Technology in Scotland and America, 1740-1800

Louis Kirk McAuley

327 pages
ISBN 9781611485431

In Print Technology in Scotland and America Louis Kirk McAuley investigates the mediation of popular-political culture in Scotland and America, from the transatlantic religious revivals known as the Great Awakening to the U.S. presidential election of 1800. By focusing on Scotland and America - and, in particular, the tension between unity and fragmentation that characterizes eighteenth-century Scottish and American literature and culture - Print Technology aims to increase our understanding of how tensions within these corresponding political and cultural arenas altered prints meaning and power as an instrument of empire and nation building. McAuley reveals how seemingly disparate events, including journalism and literary forgery, were instrumental and innovative deployments of print not as a liberation technology (as Habermas's analysis of prints structural transformation of the public sphere suggests), but as a mediator of political tensions.

About the author:

Louis Kirk McAuley is assistant professor of English at Washington State University, where he teaches courses in eighteenth-century British transatlantic and early American literature and culture. Formerly he taught at the University of Oklahoma and at New College (the honors college) of Florida. McAuley's essays have appeared in Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American Literary Relations, and Wiley-Blackwell's A Companion to the Historical Film. He is currently working on a book that investigates the economy and ecology of transatlantic empire writing, with emphasis on Scots abroad and Scottish literature, including James Grainger's The Sugar-Cane and Mungo Park's Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa.


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