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Romantic Colonization and British Anti-Slavery

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Romanticism

  • Date Published: March 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521102711

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  • The loss of Britain's North American colonies sparked an intense debate about the nature of colonization in the period 1770–1800. Drawing on archival research into colonies in Africa and Australia, including Sierra Leone and Botany Bay, Deirdre Coleman shows how the growing popularity of the anti-slavery movement gave a utopian cast to the debate about colonization. This utopianism can be seen most clearly in Romantic attempts to found an empire without slaves, a new world which would also encompass revolutionary sexual, racial and labour arrangements. From Henry Smeathman and John Clarkson in Sierra Leone to Arthur Phillip and William Dawes in Botany Bay, Coleman analyses the impact of the discourses and ideals underlying Romantic colonization. She argues that these paved the way for racial strife in West Africa and the eventual dispossession of Australia's native people.

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    • Date Published: March 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521102711
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction: the Cowpastures
    1. Henry Smeathman, imperial flycatcher and aeronaut
    2. The 'microscope of enthusiasm': Swedenborgian ideas about Africa
    3. Rallying under the flag of Empire: the Nova Scotians in Sierra Leone
    4. 'New Albion': the camp at Port Jackson
    5. Etiquettes of colonisation and dispossession
    Epilogue
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Deirdre Coleman, University of Melbourne
    Deirdre Coleman is Associate Professor of English at the University of Sydney.

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