Caribbean Culture and British Fiction in the Atlantic World, 1780 -1870
By (author) Tim Watson
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Caribbean Culture and British Fiction in the Atlantic World, 1780 -1870 by Tim Watson
Book DescriptionTim Watson challenges the idea that Caribbean colonies in the nineteenth century were outposts of empire easily relegated to the realm of tropical romance while the real story took place in Britain. Analyzing pamphlets, newspapers, estate papers, trial transcripts, and missionary correspondence, this book recovers stories of ordinary West Indians, enslaved and free, as they made places for themselves in the empire and the Atlantic world, from the time of sugar tycoon Simon Taylor to the perspective of Samuel Ringgold Ward, African American eyewitness to the 1865 Morant Bay rebellion. With readings of Maria Edgeworth and George Eliot, the book argues that the Caribbean occupied a prominent place in the development of English realism. However, Watson shows too that we must sometimes turn to imperial romance - which made protagonists of rebels and religious leaders, as in Hamel, the Obeah Man (1827) - to understand the realities of Caribbean cultural life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521876261
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 10-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Hamel, the Obeah Man, Paperback (November 2010)» View all books by Tim Watson
Hamel, The Obeah Man, published anonymously in London in March 1827 but now attributed to Cynric R. Williams, is arguably the most important nineteenth-century English novel of the Caribbean. The novel is set against the backdrop of early-nineteenth-centu
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Author Biography - Tim Watson
Tim Watson is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Miami.
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