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Characterizing Slavery in the Long Eighteenth Century

Couchman, Dorothy
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Couchman, Dorothy
Advisor
Hunter, J.Paul
Wall, Cynthia
Pasanek, Brad
Abstract
“Characterizing Slavery in the Long Eighteenth Century” focuses on the artificial characters that people eighteenth-century Anglophone fictions of enslavement—from master/slave romances set amongst fantasies of imperial exploration, to a blockbuster comic opera about enslaved resistance, to the abolitionist verse that first queered Caribbean sugar as flesh, blood, and feces. I show that eighteenth-century black characters are rarely individuals: instead, such figures collect enslaved bodies and categorize them as Domingos, Mungos, and Quashis. Together, the period’s fictitious slaves highlight how selfhood and personhood became explicitly racialized and status delimited in an age when Britain and the United States dominated the slave trade in the North Atlantic; more broadly, such fictions offer a new approach to historians of race, colonialism, and slavery, and insist that literary scholars must come to terms with chattel slavery if we are to understand Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment literary character.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Department of English, PHD (Doctor of Philosophy), 2014
Published Date
2014-04-03
Degree
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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