AbLit: Course Materials

Here’s a list of primary texts I’ve taught (in whole or excerpted) in my British abolitionist literature courses. I’ve also included a list of lectures (I’ll add to this over time) and a bibliography.* I’ll be updating this over time, I’m sure. I hope it’s useful!

*essays & books we read in class

The Woman of Colour, A Tale

Amma Asante

Jane Austen
Mansfield Park

William Blake
–“The Little Black Boy”

Samuel T. Coleridge
–“On the Slave Trade”

Ottobah Cugoano
Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evils of Slavery

Maria Edgeworth
–“The Grateful Negro”

Olaudah Equiano
The Interesting Narrative

C.L.R. James
The Black Jacobins

Hannah More
–“The Sorrows of Yamba” (Eaglesfield Smith)
–“Slavery: A Poem”

Amelia Opie
Adeline Mowbray
–“The Black Man’s Lament; or, How To Make Sugar”

Mary Prince
The History of Mary Prince

Patricia Rozema
–“Mansfield Park”

Robert Southey
–“Poems on the Slave Trade”

John Stedman
Narrative of Joanna; An Emancipated Slave, of Surinam

William Wordsworth
–“To Toussaint L’Ouverture”
— “The Mad Mother”


Memoirs of Mary Hays and Adeline Mowbray; or The Mother and Daughter
(edited by Miriam Wallace)

Guest Lectures

“The Mother-Child Dyad in Slavery:
Abolitionist Culture and Influences”
Prof. Kerry Sinanan

“Abolition and the Non-Optional Visibility of Scars”
Prof. Doreen Thierauf

The Woman of Colour, A Tale—Revisited
Prof. Lyndon Dominique

On the Internet

Slavery & Portraiture in 18th-C. Atlantic Britain  (Yale Center for British Art)
Serving Tea for a Cause (Lapham’s Quarterly)
Circulations: Romanticism and the Black Atlantic (Romantic Circles)


Adams-Campbell, Melissa M. New World Courtships: Transatlantic Alternatives to Companionate Marriage. Dartmouth College Press, 2015.

Barnett-Woods, Victoria. “Models of Morality: The Bildungsroman and Social Reform in The Female American and The Woman of Colour.” Women’s Studies 45.7 (2016): 613–23.

*Baumgartner, Barbara. “The Body as Evidence: Resistance, Collaboration, and Appropriation in “the History of Mary Prince””. Callaloo 24.1 (2001): 253–275.

*Boulukos, George E. “The Politics of Silence: “Mansfield Park” and the Amelioration of SlaveryNovel: A Forum on Fiction 39.3 (Summer, 2006): 361-383.

Brody, Jennifer DeVere. Impossible Purities: Blackness, Femininity, and Victorian Culture. Duke UP, 1998.

Chander, Manu. Brown Romantics: Poetry and Nationalism in the Global Nineteenth Century. Lewisburg: Bucknell UP, 2017.

Dominique, Lyndon Janson. Imoinda’s Shade: Marriage and the African Woman in Eighteenth-Century British Literature, 1759–1808. Ohio State UP, 2012.

Doyle, Laura. Freedom’s Empire: Race and the Rise of the Novel in Atlantic Modernity, 1640-1940. Duke UP, 2008.

Echeverri, Marcela. “‘Enraged to the limit of despair’: Infanticide and Slave Judicial Strategies in Barbados, 1788-98.” Slavery and Abolition 30.3 (2009): 403-426.

Ferguson, Moira. Colonialism and Gender from Mary Wollstonecraft to Jamaica Kincaid. Columbia University Press, New York 1993.

Subject to Others: British Women Writers and Colonial Slavery, 1670-1834. Routledge 1992.

*Fielder, Brigitte. “The Woman of Colour and Black Atlantic Movement.” Women’s Narratives of the Early Americas and the Formation of Empire, edited by Mary McAleer Balkun and Susan C. Imbarrato, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 171-85.

Freedgood, Elaine. The Ideas in Things: Fugitive Meaning in the Victorian Novel. U of Chicago P, 2010.

Fuentes, Marisa J. Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archive. U of Pennsylvania, P, 2016.

*Gikandi, Simon. Slavery and the Culture of Taste. Princeton: U of Princeton, P, 2011.

Green, Katherine Soba. The Courtship Novel, 1740-1820: A Feminized Genre. Kentucky UP, 1991.

Guyatt, Mary. “The Wedgewood Slave Medallion: Values in Eighteenth-Century Design.” Journal of Design History 13. 2 (2000): 93-105.

Hall, Kim. Things of Darkness: Economies of Race and Gender in Early Modern England, Cornell UP, 1995.

Hartman, Saidiya. Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route. New York: MacMillan, 2006.

*Holcomb, Julie. Moral Commerce: Quakers and the Transatlantic Boycott of the Slave Labor Economy. Cornell UP, 2016.

Kaplan, Amy, “Manifest Domesticity.” American Literature 70.3 (1998): 581-606.

Kitson, Peter J. “‘Bales of Living Anguish’: Representations of Race and the Slave in Romantic Writing.” ELH 67. 2 (2000): 515-37.

Kowaleski-Wallace, Beth. “Women, China, and Consumer Culture in Eighteenth-Century England.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 29.2:153-67.

Kriz, Dian Kay. Slavery, Sugar, and the Culture of Refinement: Picturing the British West Indies 1700-1840. Yale UP, 2008.

*Lee, Debbie. Slavery and the Romantic Imagination. U of Pennsylvania P, 2002.

Malchow, Howard L. Gothic Images of Race in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Stanford UP, 1996.

Mintz, Sydney. Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History. Penguin Books, 1986.

Murray, Julie. “The Country and the City and the Colony in The Woman of Colour.” Lumen: Selected Proceedings from the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 33 (2014) 87-99.

Nussbaum, Felicity A. The Limits of the Human Fictions of Anomaly, Race and Gender in the Long Eighteenth Century. Cambridge UP, 2003.

*Pethers, Matthew J.  “Talking Books, Selling Selves: Rereading the Politics of Equiano’s Interesting Narrative” American Studies 48. 1(2007):101-34.

*Ross, Marlon. “The Race of/in Romanticism: Notes Towards a Critical Race Theory.” Race, Romanticism, and the Atlantic. Ed. Paul Youngquist. London: Routledge, 2013.

*Salih, Sara.  “Review of The Woman of Colour. A Tale.” Eighteenth Century Fiction 21.3 (2009): 448-50.

*Schneider, Robert “’He says he is free’: Narrative Fragments and Self-Emancipation in West Indian Runaway Advertisements.” European Romantic Review. 29:4, 435-447.

*Sharpe, Christina. In the Wake: On Blackness and Being. Duke UP, 2016.

Sinanan, Kerry. “The Feelings of an Officer: John Stedman in Suriname.” The British Abroad Since the Eighteenth Century, Volume 2, edited by Martin Farr and Xavier Guégan, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

–“Too Good to Be True? Hannah More, Authenticity, Sincerity and Evangelical Abolitionism.” Romanticism, Sincerity and Authenticity, edited by Tim Milnes and Kerry Sinanan, Macmillan, 2010.

Tompkins, Kyla Wazana. Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the 19th Century. New York UP, 2012.

Turner, Sasha. Contesting Bodies: Pregnancy, Childrearing, and Slavery in Jamaica. U of Pennsylvania P, 2017.

Walvin, James. Slavery in Small Things: Slavery and Modern Cultural Habits. Oxford, Johny Wiley and Sons, 2017.

Youngquist, Paul. Monstrosities: Bodies and British Romanticism. U of Minnesota P, 2003.


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