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Fatal revolutions : natural history, West Indian slavery, and the routes of American literature

Author: Christopher P Iannini; Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture.
Publisher: Chapel Hill : Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, by the University of North Carolina Press, [2012] ©2012
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Drawing on letters, illustrations, engravings, and neglected manuscripts, Christopher Ianinni connects two dramatic transformations in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world--the emergence and growth of the Caribbean plantation system and the rise of natural science. The formal evolution of colonial prose narration, Ianinni argues, was contingent upon the emergence of natural history writing, which itself emerged  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher P Iannini; Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture.
ISBN: 9780807835562 0807835560
OCLC Number: 756594339
Description: ix, 296 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Strange things, occult relations : emblem and narrative in Hans Sloane's Voyage to ... Jamaica --
Fatal latitudes : the poetics of West Indian "improvement" in Mark Catesby's Natural history of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands --
"The itinerant man" : Crèvecoeur's Caribbean, Raynal's revolution, and the fate of Atlantic cosmopolitanism --
"All the West-Indian weeds" : William Bartram's Travels and the natural history of the Floridas --
Notes on the state of Virginia, the Haitian Revolution, and the return of epistolarity --
The birds of America and the specter of Caribbean accumulation --
Humboldt's Havana.
Responsibility: Christopher P. Iannini.

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Iannini's text is an important, lucidly argued, and gorgeously produced study. It is necessary reading for literary scholars, historians, and art historians of the Atlantic World.--The Americas [A] Read more...

 
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