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Abstract

Voices of Cosmopolitanism in Early American Writings and Culture begins from the premise that cosmopolitanism was a feature of the early American discourse of nation formation. Cillerai shows that eighteenth-century cosmopolitanism can best be understood by situating the phenomenon within the context of eighteenth-century colonialism and the cultures that it produced and influenced. This introductory chapter shows how the book reassesses the terms in which we understand cosmopolitanism and its relationship with local and transatlantic environments. Cillerai gives an overview of the ways in which cosmopolitanism in the Early American context provides an alternative way to analyze how writers from different segments of colonial society identified themselves and America within the transatlantic context.

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  1. 1.St. John’s UniversityStaten IslandUSA

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