Conference Reviews London and the Americas, 14921812 Society of Early Americanists, Kingston University London, July 1719, 2014 Riding the train from Kingston to Heathrow after the end of this conference, I listened to a familiar refrain from the loudspeakers, telling me to "mind the gap"--the internationally renowned instruction to watch the open space between train and platform. With gaps and the conference in mind, I recalled Eric Slauter's introduction to the 2008 forum on Atlantic studies published jointly by Early American Literature and the William and Mary Quarterly, in which he posited the notion of a "disciplinary trade gap" between historians and literary scholars (175). While Slauter bemoaned a lack of historians' attention to literary scholarship, Elizabeth Maddock Dillon asked for literary scholars to attend to and perhaps even cultivate disciplinary differences so as "not to erase the different methodologies and aims that generate divergent scholarship in the field of Atlantic studies" (209). Historians, such as Alison Games, wondered whether "literary studies might ultimately be one of the least satisfactory methodologies for approaching the Atlantic" (189). Mind the gap. The Society of Early Americanists' 2014 conference attended to and even strove to bridge gaps in a variety of
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