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Books by Brycchan Carey

Here are all the books I have written or edited. Click on the pictures or the links for more information or follow me on Twitter to get news on my latest publications as they appear.


History and Criticism

From Peace to Freedom: Quaker Rhetoric and the Birth of American Antislavery, 1658-1761   Brycchan Carey
From Peace to Freedom: Quaker Rhetoric and the Birth of American Antislavery, 1658-1761

Yale University Press, 2012. UK £25, US $35

From Peace to Freedom investigates the origins and nature of Quaker antislavery discourse in the years 1657 to 1761, revealing the century-long debate that led to Quakers turning away from slave trading in their momentous decision of 1761. It centers on Quaker communities in London, Barbados, and Philadelphia, examining the writings and lives of antislavery Friends such as George Fox, John Hepburn, Benjamin Lay, John Woolman, and Anthony Benezet. From Peace to Freedom will be published by Yale University Press in 2012.

British Abolitionism and the Rhetoric of Sensibility   Brycchan Carey
British Abolitionism and the Rhetoric of Sensibility: Writing, Sentiment, and Slavery, 1760-1807

Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. UK £45. US $65

Reading both familiar and unfamiliar texts, including poetry by Thomas Day and Hannah More, novels by Sarah Scott and Henry Mackenzie, life writing by Ignatius Sancho and Olaudah Equiano, and political writing by James Ramsay and Thomas Clarkson, I recover a sense of the abolition debate as it was played out in novels and poems, newspapers and the periodical press, and in reports of parliamentary debate and celebrated trials, to show that slave-owners and abolitionists alike made strategic use of the rhetoric of sensibility in the hope of influencing a reading public thoroughly immersed in the ‘cult of feeling’.


Edited Collections

Quakers and Abolition   Brycchan Carey and Geoffrey Plank
Quakers and Abolition

Illinois University Press, 2014. US $45.00, UK £29.99.

Quakers and Abolition brings together the latest research on the ways in which Quakers turned against slavery in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. Contributors include James Walvin, J. William Frost, Gary Nash, Emma Lapsansky-Werner, Christopher Densmore, Thomas Hamm, Maurice Jackson, and Marie-Jeanne Rossignol.

Slavery and the Cultures of Abolition   Brycchan Carey and Peter J. Kitson
Slavery and the Cultures of Abolition: Essays Marking the Bicentennial of the British Abolition Act of 1807

Boydell and Brewer, 2007. UK, £30, US $55

On 25 March 1807, the bill for the abolition of the Slave Trade within the British colonies was passed in the House of Commons. This new collection of essays marks this crucial but conflicted historical moment and its troublesome legacies. Focusing on the literary and cultural manifestations of slavery, abolition and emancipation from the eighteenth century to the present day, the contributors include Deirdre Coleman, Gerald Maclean, Felcity Nussbaum, Diana Paton, and Marcus Wood.

Discourses of Slavery and Abolition   Brycchan Carey, Markman Ellis, and Sara Salih
Discourses of Slavery and Abolition: Britain and its Colonies, 1760-1838

Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. UK £45, US $65

Discourses of Slavery and Abolition brings together important strands of current thinking on the relationship between slavery and culture in the 'long' eighteenth century. As well as including essays from each of the editors, contributors include Frances Botkin, Deirdre Coleman, Peter Kitson, Diana Paton, Johanna Smith, and Candace Ward.


Forthcoming Publications

Olaudah Equiano World's Classics Edition   Brycchan Carey, ed.
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or, Gustavus Vassa, The African, Written by Himself

Forthcoming from Oxford University Press, World's Classics Editions, 2016.

Olaudah Equiano's Interesting Narrative is now firmly established as one of the world's classic texts. This new edition will include an up-to-date introduction, notes, and a glossary. It is aimed at students and general readers.


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