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This essay collection draws upon papers given at the First International Conference on Thomas Paine Studies, held at Iona College in 2012 to celebrate Iona's acquisition of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association Archive. A thoroughly interdisciplinary set of essays, they address two major topics: what new directions should Thomas Paine Studies take, given his deep influence on the Atlantic and global revolutions in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, as well as his contemporary place as a political icon to diverse political groups? The dialogue initiated by the conference seemed to propose an answer, which is likewise a major topic of the collection: the engine of any new direction in Thomas Paine Studies will hinge on deconstructing the national barriers that have surrounded Paine Studies for decades. Paine Studies historically have been bound by national histories, language, and cultural interpretation, seeking to understand a part of Paine and Paine's ideals, but not how they fit into the longitudinal perspective of the first self-proclaimed global citizen. The dismantling of these national and academic silos is the essential and imperative new direction for Paine Studies this collection engages.
Scott Cleary is Associate Professor of Eighteenth-century Literature and director of the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies at Iona College, USA.
Ivy Linton Stabell is an Assistant Professor of English at Iona College, USA.
Table of Contents
1. The Historiographical and Cultural Impact of Thomas Paine: A Quantitative Approach; Raymond Irwin 2. Examining the Thomas Paine Corpus: Automated Computer Authorship Attribution Methodology Applied to Thomas Paine's Writings; Gary Berton, Smiljana Petrovic, Lubomir Ivanov, and Robert Schiaffino 3. 'A Kind of Bee-Hive': Thomas Paine and the Pennsylvania Magazine; Peter Chapin and Kara Nowakowski 4. Apostles of Freedom: Pro-French American Democrats and Thomas Paine as Religious Crusaders; Matthew Rainbow Hale 5. Paine's Rights Reconsidered; Gregory Claeys 6. Irreligion Made Easy: The Reaction to Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason; Patrick Hughes 7. Thomas Paine's Le Siècle de la Raison, ou Le Sens Commun Des Droits De L'Homme: Notes on a Curious Edition of The Age of Reason; David Hoffman and Claudia Carlos 8. Thomas Paine's Lessons in Republicanism, (1802-1807); Marc Belissa 9. Thomas Paine's Reflections on the Social Contract: a Consistent Theory?; Carine Lounissi 10. The Aim and Meaning of Constitutions According to Thomas Paine; Maurizio Griffo 11. Erasure of Public Memory: The Strange Case of Tom Paine in Washington, D.C.; Richard Robyn