Technologies of Empire reshapes postcolonial scholarship of the long eighteenth century by exploring the ways in which post-enlightenment authors employ writing and imagination to produce rather than simply represent empire. Challenging the assumption that the first imaginings of coordinated global empires occur in the later nineteenth century, this study argues that authors ranging from Adam Smith, Edmund Burke to William Wordsworth conceive of imagination and writing as technologies that can conceptualize and consolidate the new forms of empire they see emerging.
Acknowledgments Introduction 1. "The Beauty of That Arrangement": Adam Smith Imagines Empire 2. Edmund Burke and the Regicide Republic of Letters 3. Writing Imperial Networks in Maria Edgeworth's Irish Fiction 4. "Another and the Same": William Wordsworth's Poetry and the Children of Empire Conclusion: A Future for the Humanities? Notes Bibliography Index About the Author