Versions of Blackness Key Texts on Slavery from the Seventeenth Century

ISBN-10: 0521689562
ISBN-13: 9780521689564
Edition: 2007
Authors: Derek Hughes
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Description: Aphra Behn's novel Oroonoko (1688) is one of the most widely studied works of seventeenth-century literature, because of its powerful representation of slavery and complex portrayal of ways in which differing races and cultures - European, Black  More...

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List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298

Aphra Behn's novel Oroonoko (1688) is one of the most widely studied works of seventeenth-century literature, because of its powerful representation of slavery and complex portrayal of ways in which differing races and cultures - European, Black African, and Native American - observe and misinterpret each other. This edition presents a new edition of Oroonoko, with unprecedentedly full and informative commentary, along with complete texts of three major British seventeenth-century works concerned with race and colonialism: Henry Neville's The Isle of Pines (1668), Behn's Abdelazer (1676), and Thomas Southerne's tragedy Oroonoko (1696). It combines these with a rich anthology of European discussions of slavery, racial difference, and colonial conquest from the mid-sixteenth century to the time of Behn's death. Many are taken from important works that have not hitherto been easily available, and the collection offers an unrivaled resource for studying the culture that produced Britain's first major fictions of slavery.

Derek Hughes is a Professor of English at the University of Aberdeen, and formerly held a chair at the University of Warwick. He has published widely on Restoration literature in journals such as ELH, Essays in Criticism, and Philological Quarterly, and is internationally recognized as a leading authority on Restoration Drama. His books include English Drama, 1660 1700 (1996) and The Theatre of Aphra Behn (2001). With Janet Todd, he edited the Cambridge Companion to Aphra Behn (2004). He is currently completing a monograph on the representation of human sacrifice in literature, which reflects extensive research into early European contacts with America.

Introduction
A Note on the Texts
Chronology
The Major Texts
Henry Neville The Isle of Pines
Aphra Behn Abdelazer
Aphra Behn Oroonoko
Thomas Southerne Oroonoko
Contexts: Europe, America, and Africa
From Bartolome de Las Casas A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies
From Juan Gines de Sepulveda Democrates Secundus
From Michel Eyquem de Montaigne "Of the Cannibals" and "Of Coaches"
From Jose de Acosta On Spreading the Gospel Among the Savages
From Thomas Gage The English-American his Travail by Sea and Land
From Richard Ligon A True and Exact History of the Island of Barbados
From Sir William Davenant The History of Sir Francis Drake
From Antoine Biet Voyage de la France Equinoxiale en l'Isle de Cayenne
From William Byam An Exact Relation of the Most Execrable Attempts of John Allin
From Charles de Rochefort The History of the Caribby-Islands
From Jean-Baptiste du Tertre Histoire Generale des Antilles Habitees par les Francois
From George Warren An Impartial Description of Surinam
From Great Newes from the Barbadoes
From Morgan Godwyn The Negro's and Indians Advocate
From Thomas Tryon Friendly Advice to the Gentlemen Planters of the East and West Indies
Discussions of Colonialism
From Thomas Thorowgood Iewes in America
From Hamon L'estrange Americans no Iewes
From Thomas Hobbes Leviathan
From Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon A Brief View and Survey of the Dangerous and Pernicious Errors to Church and State, in Mr. Hobbes's Book, entitled Leviathan
From John Locke Two Treatises of Government
The Germantown Protest
Bibliography
Index

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