Slavery and the Cultures of Abolition

Slavery and the Cultures of Abolition

Essays Marking the Bicentennial of the British Abolition Act of 1807

Edited by Brycchan Carey, Peter J. Kitson

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D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

Slavery as depicted in literature and culture is examined in this wide-ranging collection.
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 The volume also contains the hitherto unpublished text of an essay by the naturalist Henry Smeathman, Oeconomy of the Slave Ship.

Contributors: GEORGE BOULUKOS, DEIRDRE COLEMAN, MARAROULA JOANNOU, GERALD MACLEAN, FELICITY NUSSBAUM, DIANA PATON, SARA SALIH, LINCOLN SHLENSKY, MARCUS WOOD

Details

August 2007
18 black and white illustrations
236 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
Essays and Studies
ISBN: 9781843841203
Format: Hardback
D.S.Brewer
BIC ACBS, 1DBKE, 2AB, 3JH
BISAC LIT004020
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Emancipation Art, Fanon and the `Butchery of Freedom' - Marcus Wood
The Afterlives of Three-fingered Jack - Diana Paton
Putting Down Rebellion. Witnessing the Body of the Condemned in Abolition-era Narratives - Sarah Salih
The Horror of Hybridity: Enlightenment, Anti-slavery and Racial Disgust in Charlotte Smith's Story of Henrietta (1800) - George Boulukos
"To Rivet and to Record": Conversion and Collective Memory in Equiano's `Interesting Narrative' - Lincoln Shlensky
Henry Smeathman and the Natural Economy of Slavery - Deirdre Coleman
Slavery, Blackness and Islam: The Arabian Nights in the Eighteenth Century - Felicity Nussbaum
Slavery and Sensibility: A Historical Dilemma - Gerald Maclean
`Go West Old Woman': The Radical Re-visioning of Slave History in Caryl Phillips's Crossing the River - Mararoula Joannou

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