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Slavery and the Politics of Place
Representing the Colonial Caribbean, 1770–1833

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Romanticism

  • Date Published: March 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107438163

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  • Geography played a key role in Britain's long national debate over slavery. Writers on both sides of the question represented the sites of slavery - Africa, the Caribbean, and the British Isles - as fully imagined places and the basis for a pro- or anti-slavery political agenda. With the help of twenty-first-century theories of space and place, Elizabeth A. Bohls examines the writings of planters, slaves, soldiers, sailors, and travellers whose diverse geographical and social locations inflect their representations of slavery. She shows how these writers use discourses of aesthetics, natural history, cultural geography, and gendered domesticity to engage with the slavery debate. Six interlinked case studies, including Scottish mercenary John Stedman and domestic slave Mary Prince, examine the power of these discourses to represent the places of slavery, setting slaves' narratives in dialogue with pro-slavery texts, and highlighting in the latter previously unnoticed traces of the enslaved.

    • Explores how ideas of place were significant in the slavery debate during the key period of abolition
    • Reveals ways in which pro- and anti-slavery ideas influenced each other
    • Includes six interlinked case studies covering varying perspectives from planters, soldiers, slaves and travellers
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    'Bohls' wide-reaching analysis of multiple genres by a variety of authors convincingly makes the case that the politics of place played a crucial role in constructing the West Indian colonies in the British imagination … Bohls makes a valuable contribution by examining both sides of the debate, situating slavery within the project of empire, and showing how writers and artists from both camps made use of Romantic aesthetics to argue for or against slavery.' Lisa Ann Robertson, Journal of Romanticism

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107438163
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 154 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: captive spaces
    1. The planter picturesque
    2. Stedman's Tropics: the mercenary as naturalist
    3. Colonial history and Atlantic geography
    4. Equiano's politics of place: from roots to routes
    5. At home with the 'Blackies': Janet Schaw and Maria Nugent
    6. A long way from home: the history of Mary Prince

  • Author

    Elizabeth A. Bohls, University of Oregon
    Elizabeth A. Bohls, Associate Professor of English at the University of Oregon, is author of Women Travel Writers and the Language of Aesthetics, 1716–1818 (Cambridge, 1995), Romantic Literature and Postcolonial Studies (2013) and co-editor with Ian Duncan of Travel Writing, 1700–1830 (2005).

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