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Cambridge Studies in Romanticism : Romanticism and Slave Narratives: Transatlantic Testimonies Series Number 38 - Helen Thomas

Cambridge Studies in Romanticism

Romanticism and Slave Narratives: Transatlantic Testimonies Series Number 38

By: Helen Thomas, Marilyn Butler (Editor), James Chandler (Editor)


Published: 5th August 2004
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Helen Thomas's study opens a new avenue for Romantic literary studies by exploring connections with literature produced by slaves, slave owners, abolitionists and radical dissenters between 1770 and 1830. In the first major attempt to relate canonical Romantic texts to the writings of the African diaspora, she investigates English literary Romanticism in the context of a transatlantic culture, and African culture in the context of eighteenth-century Britain. In so doing, the book reveals an intertextual dialogue between two diverse yet equally rich cultural spheres, and their corresponding systems of thought, epistemology and expression. Showing how marginalised slaves and alienated radical dissenters contributed to transatlantic debates over civil and religious liberties, Helen Thomas remaps Romantic literature on this broader canvas of cultural exchanges, geographical migrations and identity-transformation, in the years before and after the abolition of the slave trade.

'An important work that both illuminates and problematises the relationship between Romanticism and the slave narratives that often were read far more widely than the now canonical work of the Romantic poets.' BARS Bulletin 'Overall, Thomas's study is an impressive and highly useful volume ...'. Romanticism

The English slave trade and abolitionism
Radical dissent and spiritual autobiography
Romanticism and abolitionism
Cross-cultural contact: John Stedman, Thomas Jefferson and the slaves
The diasporic identity: language and the paradigms of liberation
The early slave narratives
Phyllis Wheatley: poems and letters
Olaudah Equiano's Interesting Narrative
Robert Wedderburn and mulatto discourse
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ISBN: 9780521604567
ISBN-10: 0521604567
Series: Cambridge Studies in Romanticism
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 5th August 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.51