Library Reception

Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 4:00 p.m.

in the Library Lobby

Celebrating the Publication of

 National Identity in Great Britain and British North America, 1815-1851:  The Role of Nineteenth-Century Periodicals (Ashgate, 2011)

By Linda E. Connors and Mary Lu MacDonald

Dr. Connors is Senior Librarian for Collections, Emerita at Drew University

Dr. MacDonald is an Independent Scholar in Canada

From the Book Cover…

Examining the complex and rapidly expanding world of print culture and reading in the nineteenth century, Linda E. Connors and Mary Lu MacDonald show how periodicals in the United Kingdom and British North America shaped and promoted ideals about national identity…. Analyzing the British identity of expatriate nineteenth-century Britons in North America alongside their counterparts in Great Britain enables insights into whether residents were encouraged to identify themselves by country of residence, by country of birth, or by their newly acquired understanding of a broader whole…. This study provides a striking history of the era and brings clarity to the perception of British transcendence and progress that emerged with such force and appeal after 1815.