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

Discourses of Slavery and Abolition

Discourses of Slavery and Abolition brings together for the first time the most important strands of current thinking on the relationship between slavery and categories of writing, oratory, and visual culture in the 'long' eighteenth century. Including original work by established experts alongside essays by new scholars in the field, the book begins by examining writing about slavery and race by both philosophers and by authors such as Aphra Behn. It considers self-representation in the works of Ignatius Sancho, Olaudah Equiano, James Williams, and Mary Prince. The final section reads literary and cultural texts associated with the abolition movements of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, moving beyond traditional accounts of the documents of that movement to show the importance of religious writing, children's literature, and the relationship between art and abolition. Together, the essays included in this book offer significant new insights into the culture of slavery and abolition and form essential reading for scholars and students in the field. In addition to the editors, contributors include Frances Botkin, Dierdre Coleman, Leo Costello, Peter Kitson, Diana Paton, Johanna M. Smith, Mark Stein, Bob Tennant, Candace Ward, and Sue Wiseman.

Full table of contents

Brycchan Carey and Sara Salih: 'Introduction'

I. Discourses of Slavery

  1. 'Candid Reflections': The Idea of Race in the Debate over the Slave Trade and Slavery in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century
    Peter Kitson
  2. Abolishing Romance: Representing Rape in Oroonoko
    Sue Wiseman
  3. 'Incessant labour': Georgic Poetry and the Problem of Slavery
    Markman Ellis
  4. Sensibility, Tropical Disease, and the Eighteenth-Century Sentimental Novel
    Candace Ward
II. Slavery From Within
  1. 'The hellish means of Killing and Kidnapping': Ignatius Sancho and the Campaign Against the 'abominable traffic for slaves'
    Brycchan Carey
  2. Who’s Afraid of Cannibals: Some Uses of the Cannibalism Trope in Olaudah Equiano's Interesting Narrative
    Mark Stein
  3. 'From His Own Lips': The Politics of Authenticity in A Narrative of Events since the First of August, 1834, by James Williams, An Apprenticed Labourer in Jamaica
    Diana Paton
  4. The History of Mary Prince, the Black Subject, and the Black Canon
    Sara Salih
III. Discourses of Abolition
  1. Henry Smeathman, the Fly-catching Abolitionist
    Dierdre Coleman
  2. Sentiment, Politics, and Empire: A Study of Beilby Porteus's Antislavery Sermon
    Bob Tennant
  3. Slavery, Abolition, and the Nation in Priscilla Wakefield's Tour Books for Children
    Johanna M. Smith
  4. Questioning the 'Necessary Order of Things': Maria Edgeworth's 'The Grateful Negro', Plantation Slavery, and the Abolition of the Slave Trade
    Frances Botkin
  5. Turner's Slave-Ship, 1840: Towards a Dialectical History Painting
    Leo Costello


Discourses of Slavery and Abolition was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2004.

Hardcover Price: UK £45.00, US $65.00

ISBN: 1 4039 1647 0

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