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Race, Nation, Equality: Olaudah Equiano’s Interesting Narrative and a Genealogy of U.S. Mercantilism

David Kazanjian

in Post-Nationalist American Studies

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520224384
eISBN:
9780520925267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520224384.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter introduces Olaudah Equiano and examines the concept of U.S. mercantilism. It begins by suggesting that Equiano's text urges people to consider how mercantilism worked to produce and to ... More


Doubting Transformable Race: Equiano, Brackenridge, and the Textuality of Natural History

Katy L. Chiles

in Transformable Race: Surprising Metamorphoses in the Literature of Early America

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199313501
eISBN:
9780199350728
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199313501.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

Chapter 4 discusses how Olaudah Equiano’s Interesting Narrative and Hugh Henry Brackenridge’s Modern Chivalry question the limits of what some saw as the beneficial aspects of transformable race and ... More


“Bodies of Men”: Abolitionist Writing and the Question of Interest

John O’brien

in Literature Incorporated: The Cultural Unconscious of the Business Corporation, 1650-1850

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226291123
eISBN:
9780226291260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226291260.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

The first abolitionist movement of the 1780s and 90s was aimed at breaking the power of what Thomas Clarkson called the “bodies of men,” the corporate entities that ran the transatlantic slave trade. ... More


Pan-Africanism in Olaudah Equiano’s: Interesting Narrative

Babacar M’Baye

in The Trickster Comes West: Pan-African Influence in Early Black Diasporan Narratives

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732337
eISBN:
9781604733525
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732337.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

This chapter discusses the most celebrated autobiography of a black writer from the West—The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Written by Himself. Vincent Carretta depicts the ... More


“Of Remarkable Omens in My Favour”: Olaudah Equiano, Two Identities, and the Cultivation of a Literary Economic Exchange

Edward L. Robinson

in Anywhere But Here: Black Intellectuals in the Atlantic World and Beyond

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781628461558
eISBN:
9781626740839
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628461558.003.0008
Subject:
History, African-American History

“‘Of Remarkable Omens in My Favor’: Olaudah Equiano, Two Identities, and the Cultivation of a Literary Economic Exchange” by Edward L. Robinson Jr., explores the The Interesting Narrative of the Life ... More


Cannibalism in Transatlantic Context

Vincent Woodard

in The Delectable Negro: Human Consumption and Homoeroticism within US Slave Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814794616
eISBN:
9781479815807
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814794616.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter examines Olaudah Equiano's well-known slave narrative, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself (1789). The text ... More


Making the Flesh Word: Binomial Being and Representational Presence

Lindon Barrett

Justin A. Joyce, Dwight A. Mcbride, and John Carlos Rowe (eds)

in Racial Blackness and the Discontinuity of Western Modernity

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038006
eISBN:
9780252095290
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038006.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter focuses on the autobiography of Olaudah Equiano/Gustavus Vassa (1745?–1801), the African captured by slave traders in the Niger River region when he was ten years old, taken to the U.S. ... More


. Final Passages: Captives in the Intercolonial Slave Trade

Gregory E. O’Malley

in Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619–1807

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9781469615349
eISBN:
9781469615554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469615349.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter examines the final passages endured by many Africans after their journeys across the Atlantic, as well as the considerable hardship and risks they encountered along the way. In ... More


They Talk about Free: Abolition, Freedom, and the Politics of Speech

Miles Ogborn

in The Freedom of Speech: Talk and Slavery in the Anglo-Caribbean World

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226655925
eISBN:
9780226657714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226657714.003.0006
Subject:
History, Imperialism and Colonialism

This chapter examines the part speech played the movements against slavery and for the abolition of the slave trade, attending to a range of different voices. It asks how freedom and abolition were ... More


From Igboland to the East End: Recasting African Identity from Olaudah Equiano to Buchi Emecheta

Simon Lewis

in British and African Literature in Transnational Context

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813036021
eISBN:
9780813038636
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813036021.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter examines readings of Chinua Achebe with Conrad, Cary, and Emecheta, showing the complexity of Achebe's own historical, cultural, political, and literary interventions, and indicating the ... More


‘Stained with Spots of Human Blood’: Sugar, Abolition and Cannibalism

in Slaves to Sweetness: British and Caribbean Literatures of Sugar

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311840
eISBN:
9781846315701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846315701.003
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter traces a shift from colonial margin to metropolitan centre, and from the saccharophilia of The Sugar-Cane to that of the white abolitionist writings of the early 1790s, looking ... More


Bound by Law: Apprenticeship and the Culture of “Free” Labor

Hoang Gia Phan

in Bonds of Citizenship: Law and the Labors of Emancipation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814738474
eISBN:
9780814738931
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814738474.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter studies the figures of apprenticeship and indentured servitude in transatlantic texts, in order to delineate the ambiguous legal and cultural spaces between slavery and “freedom.” ... More


Originary Displacement: Or, Passages of the Double and the Limit of World

Nahum Dimitri Chandler

in X-The Problem of the Negro as a Problem for Thought

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823254064
eISBN:
9780823261239
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823254064.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter provides both a critique and a way beyond the central theoretical approaches that dominated the social scientific study of the cultural provenance of the social and historical practices ... More


Epilogue

Eric B. Song

in Dominion Undeserved: Milton and the Perils of Creation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451850
eISBN:
9780801468094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451850.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Milton Studies

This chapter considers how one writer, Olaudah Equiano, deployed Milton's poetry in his abolitionist autobiography. Equiano's late-eighteenth-century autobiography traces his journey not only from ... More


Salvation Comes to a Sailor

Olaudah Equiano

in Early Evangelicalism: A Reader

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199916955
eISBN:
9780190258368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.003.0053
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter presents excerpts from Olaudah Equiano's The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African (1789). Equiano, also known as Gustavus Vassa, was a ... More


Destination Uncertain

in Black Salt: Seafarers of African Descent on British Ships

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846318184
eISBN:
9781846317675
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317675.004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter explores the journey of black seamen to England. The seamen of the African Diaspora experienced risks at sea beyond those of weather conditions and enemy. Free black sailors faced as ... More


Captivity, Desire, Trade: The Forging of National Form

Lindon Barrett

Justin A. Joyce, Dwight A. Mcbride, and John Carlos Rowe (eds)

in Racial Blackness and the Discontinuity of Western Modernity

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038006
eISBN:
9780252095290
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038006.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter continues the discussion of Equiano/Vassa's autobiography, focusing on its role in the literary tradition as the most important eighteenth-century slave narrative in order for Barrett to ... More


“See Benezet’s Account of Africa Throughout”: The Genres of Equiano’s Interesting Narrative and the Library Company of Philadelphia

Sean D. Moore

in Slavery and the Making of Early American Libraries: British Literature, Political Thought, and the Transatlantic Book Trade, 1731-1814

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780198836377
eISBN:
9780191873621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198836377.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

Olaudah Equiano is arguably the founder of the slave narrative, in his case one in which he explores his capture in Africa as a boy, his different masters, his conversion to evangelical ... More


Afro-Christian Diaspora in the Age of Revolution

John W. Catron

in Embracing Protestantism: Black Identities in the Atlantic World

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813061634
eISBN:
9780813051086
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813061634.003.0005
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines why the movement of people of African descent such as George Leile and Olaudah Equiano throughout the Greater Caribbean, Canada, Great Britain, and Sierra Leone in Africa during ... More


War Under Sail

in Black Salt: Seafarers of African Descent on British Ships

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846318184
eISBN:
9781846317675
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317675.006
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter investigates the conflicts of Britain's warships with other European powers. Britain's navy had played a critical role in defending its interests abroad from the War of the Spanish ... More


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