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History of English Literature - Jan.10 Slave Narratives

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Department
English
Course
ENGLISH 1C06
Professor
Peter Walley
Semester
Fall

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January 10Slave Narratives Olaudah EquianoMary PrinceSlavery in the Americas15001900 12 million Africans brought to the Americaso 15 died on the Middle Passage16801800 the height of the British slave trade period currently studied1772 Mansfield decision to effectively abolish slavery in England1789 Equiano publishes the Interesting Narrative1807 Slave Trade Act abolishes the trade in the Empire but not in the colonies1831 Prince publishes History1833 o The idea of people as cargo Equianos description of AfricaMore civilized than the Europeans would assess or acknowledgedo Civilization driven by the arts public celebration communityPresented as utopian in nature Edenic Golden Agebefore customs and culture has loaded life with traditions with extreme gender divisions luxurious excess and times of simpler pleasures and needs simplistic uncorrupted by modern luxuryCast as childhood memory both narratives are posed in childlike innocenceConnects Ibo culture with heroic cultures the old Testament Jews HighlandersShifts the debate from race to culturesubversive finding power within an existi
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