Atlantic Crossings in the Wake of Frederick Douglass takes its bearings from the Maryland-born former slave Frederick Douglass’s 1845 sojourn in Ireland and Britain—a voyage that is understood in editors Mark P. Leone and Lee M. Jenkins’ collection as paradigmatic of the crossings between American, African American, and Irish historical experience and culture with which the collection as a whole is concerned. In crossing the Atlantic, Douglass also completed his journey from slavery to freedom, and from political and cultural marginality into subjective and creative autonomy.
Atlantic Crossings traces the stages of that journey in chapters on literature, archaeology, and spatial culture that consider both
routes—landscapes of New World slavery, subordination, and state-sponsored surveillance, and narratives of resistance, liberation, and intercultural exchange generated by transatlantic connectivities and the transnational transfer of ideas.
Contributors Lee M. Jenkins, Mark P. Leone, Katie Ahern, Miranda Corcoran, Ann Coughlan, Kathryn H. Deeley, Adam Fracchia, Mary Furlong Minkoff, Tracy H. Jenkins, Dan O’Brien, Eoin O’Callaghan, Elizabeth Pruitt, Benjamin A. Skolnik and Stefan Woehlke
MARK P. LEONE has taught in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park, since 1976, and is the author of books on historical archaeology. He is also the co-editor, with Jocelyn Knauf, of a recent book on critical historical archaeology.
LEE M. JENKINS is a professor in the School of English, University College Cork, is the author of books on Wallace Stevens, Caribbean poetry, and D.H. Lawrence, and has co-edited three collections (with Alex Davis) on literary modernism.
Table of contents
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INTRODUCTION : Frederick Douglass and the Transatlantic Classroom - MARK P. LEONE AND LEE M. JENKINS
PART I: ROOTS AND ROUTES: SITES OF SLAVERY, PASSAGES TO FREEDOM
1. Transatlantic Roots: Cultural Uses of Plants at the Wye House Plantation - ELIZABETH PRUITT
2. Montpelier: The Making of an African-American Landscapes - STEFAN WOEHLKE
3. Between Freedom and Slavery: Understanding the Material Landscapes of Labour in Nineteenth-Century Baltimore and Texas, Maryland - ADAM FRACCHIA
4. Frederick Douglass, Arthur O’Connor, and the
Columbian Orator - ANN COUGHLAN
PART II: TRANSATLANTIC COMPARATIVES
5. Domestic Labour in Black and Green: Deciphering the Sensory Experiences of African-American and Irish Domestics Working in Alexandria, Virginia - MARY FURLONG MINKOFF
6. “A nice Catholic girl ruined by a dirty foreigner”: Foreign and Domestic Censorship in Edna O’Brien’s
The Country Girls Trilogy - DAN O’BRIEN
7. Negative Space and Narrative Elision in Twentieth-Century Soviet and American Fiction: Towards a Transnational Aesthetic of Paranoid Representation - MIRANDA CORCORAN
PART III: CREATING IDENTI TI ES
8. Allies and Intersections: Douglass, Archaeology, and the Knitting Together of Progressive Movements - TRACY H. JENKINS
9. William Faulkner, Whiteness, and the Transnational Short Story - EOIN O’CALLAGHAN
10. Who’s Who and How Can We Tell?: The Archaeology of Group Identity and Demonstrating Belonging in Nineteenth-Century African-American Annapolis - KATHRYN H. DEELEY
11. “I read them, over and over again, with an interest that was ever increasing”: Language and Education in Frederick Douglass and Anzia Yezierska - KATIE AHERN
An Eagle on Their Buttons: Frederick Douglass, Archaeology, and Ideology - BENJAMIN A. SKOLNIK
Notes on the Contributors
All interested in the history of the Atlantic world, slavery, transatlantic connections between America, African-America, and Ireland, Frederick Douglass, archaeology, literature, and spatial culture.