Romanticism and Slave Narratives: Transatlantic Testimonies
by Helen Thomas
Thomas' study opens a new avenue for Romanticism by exploring connections
with literature produced by slaves, slave owners, abolitionists and
radical dissenters between 1770 and 1830. In the first major attempt
to relate canonical Romantic texts to writings of the African diaspora,
she investigates English literary Romanticism in the context of a transatlantic
culture, and African culture in the context of eighteenth-century Britain.
In so doing, she reveals an intertextual dialogue between two diverse
yet equally rich cultural spheres, and their corresponding systems of
thought, epistemology and expression.
2000 348 pp.