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Imagining Transatlantic Slavery
Edited by Cora Kaplan and John Oldfield
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
20 Jan 2010
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A collection of new essays, Imagining Transatlantic Slavery offers the latest research and thinking on current debates about the representation – past and present – of transatlantic slavery. Building on the interest generated by the bicentenary in 2007–8 of the end of British and American involvement in the transatlantic slave trade, our volume is interdisciplinary, drawing on history, literature and museum and heritage studies. Its focus is on the transatlantic nature of slavery and abolition, and the essays range from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century. Its distinguished contributors offer a critical view of the histories leading up to the defining decisions of 1807–08 and its complex legacies over the last two centuries. Essays on notable figures such as Phillis Wheatley, Olaudah Equiano, Hannah More, Benjamin Flower, and William and Ellen Craft are juxtaposed with those on early Quaker writing and the use of photography in abolitionist discourse. The last part of the book on 'Remembering and Forgetting' addresses debates surrounding the representation of slavery in drama, visual culture, museums and galleries, and appraises the importance of recent research to public understanding of slavery today.
 
Contributors: Brycchan Carey, Vincent Carretta, Lilla Maria Crisafulli, Eileen Razzari Elrod, Catherine Hall, Douglas Hamilton, Cora Kaplan, HollyGale Millette, John Oldfield, Jessie Morgan-Owens, Elizabeth Kowaleski Wallace and Marcus Wood


Description


A collection of new essays, Imagining Transatlantic Slavery offers the latest research and thinking on current debates about the representation – past and present – of transatlantic slavery. Building on the interest generated by the bicentenary in 2007–8 of the end of British and American involvement in the transatlantic slave trade, our volume is interdisciplinary, drawing on history, literature and museum and heritage studies. Its focus is on the transatlantic nature of slavery and abolition, and the essays range from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century. Its distinguished contributors offer a critical view of the histories leading up to the defining decisions of 1807–08 and its complex legacies over the last two centuries. Essays on notable figures such as Phillis Wheatley, Olaudah Equiano, Hannah More, Benjamin Flower, and William and Ellen Craft are juxtaposed with those on early Quaker writing and the use of photography in abolitionist discourse. The last part of the book on 'Remembering and Forgetting' addresses debates surrounding the representation of slavery in drama, visual culture, museums and galleries, and appraises the importance of recent research to public understanding of slavery today.
 
Contributors: Brycchan Carey, Vincent Carretta, Lilla Maria Crisafulli, Eileen Razzari Elrod, Catherine Hall, Douglas Hamilton, Cora Kaplan, HollyGale Millette, John Oldfield, Jessie Morgan-Owens, Elizabeth Kowaleski Wallace and Marcus Wood


Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction; C.Kaplan& J.Oldfield
PART I: CULTURES OF ABOLITION
Inventing a Culture of Antislavery: Pennsylvanian Quakers and the Germantown Protest of 1688; B.Carey
(Re)mapping Abolitionist Discourse during the 1790s: The Case of Benjamin Flower and the Cambridge Intelligencer; J.Oldfield
'Another Ida May': Photography and the American Abolition Campaign; J.Morgan-Owens
Exchanging Fugitive Identity: William and Ellen Crafts' Transatlantic Reinvention (1850–1869); H.Millette
PART II: IMAGINING TRANSATLANTIC SLAVERY
Equiano's Paradise Lost: The Limits of Allusion in Chapter Five of The Interesting Narrative; V.Carretta
Phyllis Wheatley's Abolitionist Text: The 1834 Edition; E.R.Elrod
Women and Abolitionism: Hannah More's and Ann Yearsley's Poetry of Freedom; L.M.Crisafulli
PART III: REMEMBERING AND FORGETTING
Representing slavery in British museums: The Challenges of 2007; D.Hamilton
Coram Boy: Slavery, Theatricality, and Sentimentality on the British Stage; E.K.Wallace
Significant silence: Where was Slave Agency in the Popular Imagery of 2007?; M.Wood 
Afterword: Britain 2007, Problematizing Histories; C.Hall
Index


Authors

CORA KAPLAN has taught at Universities in both Britain and the US, most recently at Queen Mary, University of London, UK. She is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Southampton. Her books include Sea Changes: Essays in Culture and Feminism, Genders (with David Glover), and Victoriana: Histories, Fictions, Criticism (2007). With Jennie Batchelor she is the general editor of a forthcoming series in ten volumes from Palgrave Macmillan, The History of British Women's Writing.
 
JOHN OLDFIELD is Professor of Modern History at the University of Southampton, UK. He is the author of 'Chords of Freedom': Commemoration, Ritual and British Transatlantic Slavery (2007) and Popular Politics and British Anti-Slavery: The Mobilisation of Public Opinion against the Slave Trade, 1787-1807 (1995). He is the editor of The British Atlantic Slave Trade, Vol. 3, The Abolitionist Struggle: Opponents of the Slave Trade (2003) and has written extensively on the American South, US race relations, and slavery and abolition in the Atlantic World.