Slavery, Empathy, and Pornography: 1780-1860

Hardcover | November 1, 2002

byMarcus Wood

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Slavery, Empathy, and Pornography considers the operations of slavery and of abolition propaganda on the thought and literature of English from the late-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries. Incorporating materials ranging from canonical literatures to the lowest form of streetpublication, Marcus Wood writes from the conviction that slavery was, and still is, a dilemma for everyone in England, and seeks to explain why English society has constructed Atlantic slavery in the way it has. He takes on the works of canonic eighteenth- and nineteenth-century white authors whichclaimed, when written, to 'account' for slavery, and asks with some scepticism what kind of 'truth' they hold.Taking an interdisciplinary approach, chapters focus on the writings of the major Romantic poets, English Radicals William Cobbett and John Thelwall, the Surinam writings of John Stedman, the full range of slavery texts generated by Harriet Martineau, John Newton, and the social prophets Carlyle andRuskin. Slavery, Empathy, and Pornography also contains a radical new critique of the operations of slavery within the work of Austen and Charlotte Bronte.

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Slavery, Empathy, and Pornography considers the operations of slavery and of abolition propaganda on the thought and literature of English from the late-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries. Incorporating materials ranging from canonical literatures to the lowest form of streetpublication, Marcus Wood writes from the conviction t...

Marcus Wood is a Reader in English and American Studies, University of Sussex.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:478 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.19 inPublished:November 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780198187202

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List of platesIntroduction1. Slavery, testimony, propaganda: John Newton, William Cowper, and compulsive confession2. Slavery, empathy, and pornography in John Gabriel Stedman's Narrative of a Five Years Expedition Against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam3. William Cobbett, John Thelwall radicalism, racism, and slavery4. Slavery and Romantic poetry5. 'Born to be a destroyer of slavery': Harriet Martineau fixing slavery and slavery as a fix6. Canons to the right of them and canons to the left of them: Mansfield Park, Jane Eyre, and memorial subversions of slavery7. The anatomy of bigotry: Carlyle, Ruskin slavery, and the new language of raceConclusionBibliography