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

Slavery and the Cultures of Abolition

On 25 March 1807, the bill for the abolition of the Slave Trade within the British colonies was passed by an overwhelming majority in the House of Commons, becoming law from 1 May. This new collection of essays marks this crucial but conflicted historical moment and its troublesome legacies. They discuss the literary and cultural manifestations of slavery, abolition and emancipation from the eighteenth century to the present day, addressing such subjects and issues as: the relationship between Christian and Islamic forms of slavery and the polemical and scholarly debates these have occasioned; the visual representations of the moment of emancipation; the representation of slave rebellion; discourses of race and slavery; memory and slavery; and captivity and slavery. Among the writers and thinkers discussed are: Frantz Fanon, William Earle Jr, Olaudah Equiano, Charlotte Smith, Caryl Phillips, Bryan Edwards, Elizabeth Marsh, as well as a wide range of other thinkers, writers and artists. The volume also contains the hitherto unpublished text of an essay by the naturalist Henry Smeathman, Oeconomy of the Slave Ship.

Full table of contents

  1. Introduction
    Brycchan Carey and Peter J. Kitson

  2. Emancipation Art, Fanon and the 'Butchery of Freedom'
    Marcus Wood

  3. The Afterlives of Three-fingered Jack
    Diana Paton

  4. Putting Down Rebellion. Witnessing the Body of the Condemned in Abolition-era Narratives
    Sara Salih

  5. The Horror of Hybridity: Enlightenment, Anti-slavery and Racial Disgust in Charlotte Smith's Story of Henrietta (1800)
    George Boulukos

  6. "To Rivet and to Record": Conversion and Collective Memory in Equiano's Interesting Narrative
    Lincoln Shlensky

  7. Henry Smeathman and the Natural Economy of Slavery
    Deirdre Coleman

  8. Slavery, Blackness and Islam: The Arabian Nights in the Eighteenth Century
    Felicity Nussbaum

  9. Slavery and Sensibility: A Historical Dilemma
    Gerald Maclean

  10. 'Go West Old Woman': The Radical Re-visioning of Slave History in Caryl Phillips's Crossing the River
    Maroula Joannou


Slavery and the Cultures of Abolition was published by Boydell and Brewer in 2008.

Hardcover Price: UK £30.00, US $55.00

ISBN: 1 8438 4120 7.

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