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Slavery and the Politics of Place: Representing the Colonial Caribbean, 1770-1833 (Hardback)

Elizabeth A. Bohls

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ISBN 10: 1107079349 / ISBN 13: 9781107079342
Edité par CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom, 2014
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Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. N° de réf. du libraire AAA9781107079342

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Titre : Slavery and the Politics of Place: ...

Éditeur : CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom

Date d'édition : 2014

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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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.

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Elizabeth A. Bohls presents an interdisciplinary study of non-fictional literature about the colonial Caribbean, 1770-1883. Particular attention is given to the ways in which arguments for and against slavery permeated all sorts of texts, including those overtly concerning language, natural history, geography, aesthetics or domestic life.

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