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Author Wheelock, Stefan M., 1971-

Title Barbaric culture and Black critique : Black antislavery writers, religion, and the slaveholding Atlantic / Stefan M. Wheelock
Published Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2016


Description 1 online resource
Contents Preface -- Introduction -- Ottobah Cugoano, liberty, and modern Atlantic barbarism -- Interesting narratives, civility, and the problem of freedom -- David Walker, false grammars, and American racial inheritance -- Maria Stewart and the paradoxes of early national virtue -- Conclusion
Summary "In an interdisciplinary approach to black antislavery literatures at the dawn of the nineteenth century, Stefan Wheelock shows how the political character of freedom and a religious sensibility allowed Black antislavery writers to countermand ideologies of white supremacy while fostering a sense of racial community and identity. The major figures he selects--Ottobah Cugoano, Olaudah Equiano, David Walker, and Maria Stewart--were principally concerned with ending racial slavery and the slave trade, but they employed antislavery rhetoric at a time when the institution of slavery was preparing progressive Western politics to enter a new phase of imperial and racial domination. This contradictory circumstance, Wheelock argues, poses a significant challenge for understanding the development of this watershed moment in Western political identity. The author looks at the ways in which, during this period, religious and secular versions of collective political destiny both competed and cooperated to forge a vision for a more perfect and just society. What especially captures his interest is how the writers of the African Atlantic deployed religious sensibilities and the call for emancipation as a way of characterizing the liberal foundations of Atlantic political modernity. Although neither "modernity" nor "progress" is a term these writers used, Wheelock contends that a concern with modernity and its liberal character is implicit in their critiques and/or portrayals of the advanced political structures that gave rise to racial enslavement in the first place"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Cugoano, Ottobah
Equiano, Olaudah, 1745-1797
Walker, David, 1785-1830.
Stewart, Maria W., 1803-1879.
SUBJECT Stewart, Maria W., 1803-1879
Walker, David, 1785-1830
Equiano, Olaudah, 1745-1797
Cugoano, Ottobah
Cugoano, Ottobah fast
Equiano, Olaudah, 1745-1797 fast
Stewart, Maria W., 1803-1879 fast
Walker, David, 1785-1830 fast
Subject English literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism
Slavery in literature.
Slavery -- Religious aspects.
Slavery -- Political aspects
Enslaved persons' writings, English -- History and criticism
American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism
American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- African American.
American literature
American literature -- African American authors
English literature
Slavery in literature
Slavery -- Political aspects
Slavery -- Religious aspects
Enslaved persons' writings, English
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780813937984
Other Titles Black antislavery writers, religion, and the slaveholding Atlantic