Versions of Blackness
Key Texts on Slavery from the Seventeenth Century
Edited by Derek Hughes
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Versions of Blackness by Derek Hughes
Book DescriptionAphra 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521869300
(228mm x 152mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Derek Hughes
Culture and Sacrifice, Paperback (November 2011)
In this 2007 book, Derek Hughes examines the representation of human sacrifice in Western culture from The Iliad to the invasion of Iraq.
Versions of Blackness, Paperback (July 2007)
This edition presents a new edition of Aphra Behn's Oroonoko, with unprecedentedly full and informative commentary.
Cambridge Companion to Aphra Behn, Hardback (November 2004)
An invaluable guide to Aphra Behn, including a chronology, bibliography, and essays on her life and works.
Theatre of Aphra Behn, Hardback (February 2001)» View all books by Derek Hughes
This book examines the play writing career of Aphra Behn explaining her often dominant place in the complex theatrical culture of Charles II's reign, her divided political sympathies, and her interests as a free thinking intellectual.
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Author Biography - Derek Hughes
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.
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