Imagining Transatlantic Slavery

Hardcover | February 15, 2010

EditorCora Kaplan, John Oldfield

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A collection of new essays, Imagining Transatlantic Slavery offers the latest research and thinking on current debates about the representation - past and present - of transatlantic slavery. Building on the interest generated by the bicentenary in 2007-8 of the end of British and American involvement in the transatlantic slave trade, our volume is interdisciplinary, drawing on history, literature and museum and heritage studies. Its focus is on the transatlantic nature of slavery and abolition, and the essays range from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century. Its distinguished contributors offer a critical view of the histories leading up to the defining decisions of 1807-08 and its complex legacies over the last two centuries. Essays on notable figures such as Phillis Wheatley, Olaudah Equiano, Hannah More, Benjamin Flower, and William and Ellen Craft are juxtaposed with those on early Quaker writing and the use of photography in abolitionist discourse. The last part of the book on 'Remembering and Forgetting' addresses debates surrounding the representation of slavery in drama, visual culture, museums and galleries, and appraises the importance of recent research to public understanding of slavery today.
 
Contributors: Brycchan Carey, Vincent Carretta, Lilla Maria Crisafulli, Eileen Razzari Elrod, Catherine Hall, Douglas Hamilton, Cora Kaplan, HollyGale Millette, John Oldfield, Jessie Morgan-Owens, Elizabeth Kowaleski Wallace and Marcus Wood

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A collection of new essays, Imagining Transatlantic Slavery offers the latest research and thinking on current debates about the representation - past and present - of transatlantic slavery. Building on the interest generated by the bicentenary in 2007-8 of the end of British and American involvement in the transatlantic slave trade, o...

CORA KAPLAN is Visiting Professor in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London, UK and Professor Emerita of English in the School of Humanities, Southampton University, UK. JOHN OLDFIELD is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Southampton, UK.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:February 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230578209

ISBN - 13:9780230578203

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List of illustrations * Acknowledgements * Notes on Contributors * Introduction; C.Kaplan & J.Oldfield * PART I: CULTURES OF ABOLITION * Inventing a Culture of Antislavery: Pennsylvanian Quakers and the Germantown Protest of 1688; B.Carey * (Re)mapping Abolitionist Discourse during the 1790s: the Case of Benjamin Flower and the Cambridge Intelligencer; J.Oldfield * ‘Another Ida May’: Photography and the American Abolition Campaign; J.Morgan-Owens * Exchanging Fugitive Identity: William and Ellen Crafts’ Transatlantic Reinvention (1850–1869); H.Millette * PART II: IMAGINING TRANSATLANTIC SLAVERY * Equiano’s Paradise Lost: The Limits of Allusion in Chapter Five of The Interesting Narrative; V.Carretta *  Phyllis Wheatley’s Abolitionist Text: The 1834 Edition; E.R.Elrod * Women and Abolitionism: Hannah More’s and Ann Yearsley’s Poetry of Freedom; L.M.Crisafulli *  PART III: REMEMBERING AND FORGETTING * Representing slavery in British museums: the challenges of 2007; D.Hamilton * Coram Boy: Slavery, Theatricality, and Sentimentality on the British Stage; E.K.Wallace * Significant silence: where was slave agency in the popular imagery of 2007?; M.Wood  * Afterword: Britain 2007, problematising histories; C.Hall * Index