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dc.contributor.authorDuquette, Natasha
dc.identifier.citationAuthor’s Original Manuscript (AOM) Citation: Duquette, Natasha. “Dissenting Cosmopolitanism and Helen Maria Williams’s Prison Verse.” Women’s Writing Journal (2020): 1-17en_US
dc.description.abstractHelen Maria Williams’s ability to engage in various forms of cosmopolitan conversation – both embodied and imagined – arose from her connections to diverse religious communities. A socially conscious Presbyterian Dissenter, of Scottish and Welsh background, Williams expressed convictions regarding what we would now recognize as human rights. Through her early verse, she advocated for the autonomy of indigenous South Americans and for Africans held in slavery. Once she turned her attention to the French Revolution, she was attracted to its ideas regarding abolitionism, women’s participation in the public sphere, and forms of festivity uniting Protestants and Catholics. When imprisoned along with other British citizens, essentially held hostage at a time of war, she maintained her faith in revolutionary principles through forms of cosmopolitan creativity. Such activity, which included listening to and transcribing a collaboratively composed French hymn, reflected her identity as a religious dissenter. Twenty-first century theories of cosmopolitanism which focus on sociability – such as Kwame Anthony Appiah’s definition of cosmopolitan conversation as imaginative encounter and Elijah Anderson’s attention to cosmopolitan canopies – can help frame Williams’s collaboratively creative activities within her prison cell. Her hospitality, transcription, translation, and poetic composition arose from actsen_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_US
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dc.subject.lcshWilliams, Helen Maria, 1762-1827en_US
dc.subject.lcshWilliams, Helen Maria, 1762-1827. Correspondence. Selectionsen_US
dc.subject.lcshWilliams, Helen Maria, 1762-1827. Letters containing a sketch of the politics of France. Volume 1-2en_US
dc.subject.lcshWilliams, Helen Maria, 1762-1827. Peruen_US
dc.subject.lcshWilliams, Helen Maria, 1762-1827. Poems. Selectionsen_US
dc.subject.lcshWilliams, Helen Maria, 1762-1827. Sonnets from Paul and Virginiaen_US
dc.subject.lcshFrance—History—Revolution, 1789-1799en_US
dc.subject.lcshLasource, Marie-David-Albin, 1762 or 1763-1793en_US
dc.subject.lcshGenlis Sillery, Charles Alexis Pierre Brulart de, marquis de, 1737-1793en_US
dc.subject.lcshSaint-Pierre, Bernardin de, 1737-1814. Paul et Virginieen_US
dc.subject.lcshRevolutionary literature, Frenchen_US
dc.subject.lcshReligion and politics—France—History—18th centuryen_US
dc.titleDissenting Cosmopolitanism and Helen Maria Williams’s Prison Verseen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationTyndale University College & Seminaryen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Englishen_US
dc.contributor.repositoryTyndale University, J. William Horsey Library, 3377 Bayview Ave., Toronto, ON, M2M 3S4, Canada. Contact: repository@tyndale.caen_US
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dc.identifier.journalWomen’s Writing Journalen_US
dc.publisher.placeLondon; New Yorken_US
dc.relation.isversion ofVersion of Record (VOR) Citation: Duquette, Natasha. “Dissenting Cosmopolitanism and Helen Maria William’s Prison Verse.” Women’s Writing Journal 27, no. 1 (2020): 80-96.en_US
dc.rights.holderTaylor & Francis Group,
dc.subject.keywordWilliams, Helen Maria, 1762-1827en_US
dc.subject.keywordWilliams, Helen Maria, 1762-1827. Prison Versesen_US
dc.subject.keywordWilliams, Helen Maria, 1762-1827. Peruen_US
dc.subject.keywordLasource, Marc David Alba, 1763-1793en_US
dc.subject.keywordGenlis Sillery, Charles Alexis Pierre Brulart, marquis de, 1737-1793en_US
dc.subject.keywordReligious dissentersen_US
dc.subject.keywordFrench Revolutionen_US
dc.subject.keywordRevolutionary literatureen_US
dc.subject.keywordSaint-Pierre, Bernardin de. Paul et Virginie, 1737-1814en_US
dc.description.noteDr. Natasha Duquette is a former professor of English at Tyndale University (2014-2020), where she taught eighteenth-century literature, with an emphasis on the works of Jane Austen.en_US
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