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Slavery and Sentiment (Hardback)
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Slavery and Sentiment (Hardback)

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Hardback 324 Pages / Published: 30/01/2009
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From the eighteenth century on, appeals to listeners' and readers' feelings about the sufferings of slaves were a predominant strategy of abolitionism. This book argues that expressions of feeling in those texts did not just appeal to individual readers' inclinations to sympathy but rather were inherently political. The authors of these texts made arguments from the social and political ideologies that grounded their moral and social lives. Levecq examines liberalism and republicanism, the main Anglo-American political ideologies of the period, in the antislavery texts of a range of African-American and Afro-British authors. Disclosing the political content hitherto unexamined in this kind of writing, she shows that while the overall story is one of increased liberalization of ideology on both sides of the Atlantic, the republican ideal persisted, particularly among black authors with transatlantic connections. Demonstrating that such writers as Phillis Wheatley, Ignatius Sancho, Olaudah Equiano, Frederick Douglass, and Mary Prince were men and women of their times, Levecq provides valuable new insight into the ideological world of black Atlantic writers and puts them, for the first time, on modernity's political map.

Publisher: University Press of New England
ISBN: 9781584657347
Number of pages: 324
Weight: 617 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm


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While Levecq situates within white British and American literary culture the work of the many black authors she discusses, she is most interested in discovering the varying degrees of liberalism and republicanism, alone or together, that shaped black-authored texts. She sees liberalism and its disembodied form of sympathetic appeal over time assuming dominance in black antislavery writings. The Journal of American History"
Throughout Slavery and Sentiment Levecq seeks to show how the interdependence of the political and the emotional in these antislavery texts can "be traced in allusions to individual freedom, or the common good, to interpersonal exchange or communal consciousness, to interiorities or bodies." Thus, according to Levecq, depending on time and place, the antislavery writings exhibit different degrees of liberal and republican political ideas and sympathy. Ultimately, Levecq concludes that the overall story is one marked by the increasing liberalization of ideology on both sides of the Atlantic. Journal of African American History"
The great strength of Slavery and Sentiment is its meticulous attention to the political theory of Anglophone blacks who would otherwise merely stand for the civic virtues white liberals needed to acquire. American Literature"
The question Levecq raises is how did abolitionists commence around 1770 with developments that would reach such momentous expressions by the middle of the nineteenth century? Why, for example, have readers felt sympathy for Uncle Tom and Linda Brent? In answering these questions, Levecq has provided readers the best study ever published of emotion in abolitionist writing. Early American Literature Early American Literature"

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