ISBN 9780748634552,Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Postcolonial Studies

Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Postcolonial Studies

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ISBN 9780748634552
Publisher

Edinburgh University Press

Publication Year 2008
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780748634552

ISBN-10 074863455X
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 310 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

History

This book convincingly challenges both the extremely short historical memory of most postcolonial work and the all-too-insularly English world still conjured by period specialists. Hogarthian whores and Grub Street hacks, coffee houses and fashionable pastimes, and the burgeoning of print culture all stand revealed as intimately bound to portents of plantation insurgency, agitation for abolition, and the vast fortunes produced by the labouring bodies of the poor, the colonized, and the enslaved. Eighteenth-century studies has never appeared in a more engaged and fascinating light.'Professor Donna Landry, University of KentIn this volume Suvir Kaul addresses the relations between literary culture, English commercial and colonial expansion, and the making of 'Great Britain' in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He argues that literary writing played a crucial role in generating the vocabulary of British nationalism, both in inter-national terms and in attempts to realign political and cult
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