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Citizens of the World

Adapting in the Eighteenth Century

by Samara Anne Cahill(ed.) ; Kevin L. Cope(ed.) ; Shirley Chew(contrib.) ; Bärbel Czennia(contrib.) ; Kathryn Duncan(contrib.) ; David Fairer(contrib.) ; Gilles Massot(contrib.) ; Nhu Nguyen(contrib.) ; Susan Spencer(contrib.) ; Jessika Wichner(contrib.)
Citizens of the World by Samara Anne Cahill
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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.
Bucknell University Press; May 2015
208 pages; ISBN 9781611486858
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Title: Citizens of the World
Author: Samara Anne Cahill; Kevin L. Cope; Shirley Chew; Bärbel Czennia; Kathryn Duncan; David Fairer; Gilles Massot; Nhu Nguyen; Susan Spencer; Jessika Wichner
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