Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
English: English Studies: M.A.
College of Liberal Arts
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Keywords and Subject Headings
Eighteenth-century, British, Mystic, Mercantile, Falconer Sea-poetry
The title of this thesis, British Mercantile Mysticism, explores the relationship between the rising mercantile outlook among the newly evolving middle and merchant classes in England during the seventeenth century into the later part of the eighteenth.
It examines the rise of the new science used in the navigation of the great fleet of the merchant marine. These ideas combined with British culture at the time and other influences such as religion, the world of letters, politics and aesthetics are depicted in William Falconer’s poem The Shipwreck (1762). This simple poem can be seen as a microcosm or a reflection of the mindset, aspirations and inspirations that powered the modern and progressive thinking of the eighteenth century in Great Britain. These ideas have since spread to much of the English speaking world (particularly North America, Australia and New Zealand) even to this day.
Powers, James Ansbury, "British Mercantile Mysticism: The Shipwreck by William Falconer (1762)" (2018). Culminating Projects in English. 130.