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Jane Austen in the Context of Abolition

'a fling at the slave trade'

Authors: White, G.

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This wide-ranging and convincingly argued study looks at the issues of and attitudes towards slavery in Jane Austen's later novels and culture, and argues against Edward Said's critique of Jane Austen as a supporter of colonialism and slavery. White suggests that Austen is both concerned and engaged with the issue, and that novels such as Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion not only presuppose the British outlawing of the transatlantic slave trade but also undermine the status quo of chattel slavery, slavery's most extreme form.

About the authors

GABRIELLE D.V. WHITE taught philosophy for the University of Leeds, UK and the Open University, UK. She was previously an English Teacher in Secondary Schools and is a former researcher for the University of Leeds and the British Library, UK.

Reviews

' Jane Austen in the Context of Abolition is a wide-ranging, nearly exhaustive study of attitudes toward slavery in Austen's late novels. Arguing against Edward Said and others who have seen Austen as upholding colonialism and slavery, Gabrielle White shows, through provocative, convincing readings of Mansfield Park , Emma , and Persuasion , the subtle and direct ways that Austen's fiction instead supports abolition. White's fascinating study addresses one of today's most heated debates over this much beloved author. This book may permanently change the ways in which we read Austen.' - Devoney Looser, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA 'Gabrielle White has written an almost marvellous book...for those who would like a better understanding of the influences on Jane Austen's writing at this troubled time of Britain's history or for those who would like to understand more broadly the debates of the period, this is one for the bookshelves.' - Penny Nash, Sensibilities (The Jane Austen Society of Australia)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • ‘We Have No Slaves at Home — Then Why Abroad?’

    White, Gabrielle D. V.

    Pages 1-16

  • Mansfield Park: Absenteeism, Autonomy and the Slave Trade

    White, Gabrielle D. V.

    Pages 19-51

  • Emma: Autonomy and Abolition

    White, Gabrielle D. V.

    Pages 52-72

  • Persuasion: Radical Change and the Royal Navy

    White, Gabrielle D. V.

    Pages 73-92

  • Some Philosophers on Race and Slavery: Opposing Viewpoints

    White, Gabrielle D. V.

    Pages 95-127

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eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-0-230-50613-8
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Hardcover $115.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $110.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-349-54266-6
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  • This title is currently reprinting. You can pre-order your copy now.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Jane Austen in the Context of Abolition
Book Subtitle
'a fling at the slave trade'
Authors
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-50613-8
DOI
10.1057/9780230506138
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-9121-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-54266-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 231
Topics