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Slavery and the Romantic imagination

Author: Debbie Lee
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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The Romantic movement had profound social implications for nineteenth-century British culture. Among the most significant, Debbie Lee contends, was the change it wrought to insular Britons' ability to distance themselves from the brutalities of chattel slavery. In the broadest sense, she asks what the relationship is between the artist and the most hideous crimes of his or her era. In dealing with the Romantic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Debbie Lee
ISBN: 0812218825 9780812218824 081223636X 9780812236361
OCLC Number: 54843361
Notes: Originally published in 2002.
Awards: Winner of Winner of the 2003 Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship.
Description: xii, 296 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I. History and imagination --
British slavery and African exploration: the written legacy --
The distanced imagination --
pt. II. Hazards and horrors in the slave colonies --
Distant diseases: yellow fever in Coleridge's "The rime of the ancient mariner" --
Intimacy as imitation: monkeys in Blake's engravings for Stedman's Narrative --
pt. III. Fascination and fear in Africa --
African embraces: voodoo and possession in Keats's Lamia --
Mapping interiors: African cartography, Nile poetry, and Percy Bysshe Shelley's "The witch of Atlas" --
pt. IV. Facing slavery in Britain --
Proximity's monsters: ethnography and anti-slavery law in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein --
Intimate distance: African women and infant death in Wordsworth's poetry and The history of Mary Prince.
Other Titles: Slavery & the Romantic imagination
Responsibility: Debbie Lee.

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Rather than categorizing Romantic literature as resistant to, complicit with, or ambivalent about the workings of empire, Slavery and the Romantic Imagination views the creative process in light of  Read more...

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