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Slavery, empathy, and pornography / Marcus Wood.

Wood, Marcus. (Author).
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Subject: English literature > 18th century > History and criticism.
Slavery in literature.
Literature and society > Great Britain > History > 19th century.
Literature and society > Great Britain > History > 18th century.
English literature > 19th century > History and criticism.
Slavery > Great Britain > Public opinion > History.
Antislavery movements > Great Britain > History.
Pornography > Great Britain.
Empathy in literature.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 1423757483
  • ISBN: 9781423757481
  • ISBN: 1280444940
  • ISBN: 9781280444944
  • ISBN: 9786610444946
  • ISBN: 6610444943
  • ISBN: 9780198187202
  • ISBN: 0198187203
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (ix, 467 pages) : illustrations
  • Publisher: Oxford ; Oxford University Press, 2002.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 428-456) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Acknowledgments -- List of plates -- Introduction -- 1. Slavery, testimony, propaganda : John Newton, William Cowper, and compulsive confession -- 2. Slavery, empathy, and pornography in John Gabriel Stedman's Narrative of a five years expedition against the revolted negroes of Surinam -- 3. William Cobbett, John Thelwall : radicalism, racism, and slavery -- 4. Slavery and romantic poetry -- 5. "Born to be a destroyer of slavery" : Harriet Martineau, fixing slavery and slavery as fix -- 6. Canons to the right of them, canons to the left of them : Mansfield Park, Jane Eyre, and memorial subversions of slavery -- 7. The anatomy of bigotry : Carlyle, Ruskin, slavery, and a new language of race -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary: 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 street publication, 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 which claimed, 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 and Ruskin. 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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