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By William Noy Wilkins Mrs, Anon, Gordon Wilkins Kerr, Lise Winer, Bridget Brereton, Rhonda Cobham, Mary Rimmer, Karen Sanchez-Eppler

A dramatic nineteenth-century story, initially released within the newspapers of the day, Adolphus lines the adventures of a mulatto son of a black slave girl raped via a white guy.

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In 12. ” 13. Of those referred to on her application forms, we have been able to locate “The Poetry of Brentford” (Athenaeum, 20 November 1847, 1196); and “Our Enemies Abroad and at Home” (Dublin University Magazine, June 1855, 742–48). We have been unable as yet to locate others mentioned (it is not certain that the places and dates of publication as listed are correct): “The Latest Wonder in Antwerp Maison Plantin” (Argosy, 1882); “A Wreath on the Grave of Mrs Jameson” (Argosy); “Ill Luck: A West Indian Story” (Chambers Edinboro, 1851); “A curious people” (Argosy, 1883); “Essay on the [ .

For him, as for Belfond, it is not any particular cruelty, but rather knowledge and the consciousness it brings, that make slavery unbearable: my learning to read had already come, to torment and sting my soul to unutterable anguish. As I writhed under it, I would at times feel that learning to read had been a curse rather than a blessing . . In moments of agony, I envied my fellow-slaves their stupidity. I often wished myself a beast. I preferred the condition of the meanest reptile to my own.

As one Southern critic expressed it, Stowe had merely “translated herself in fancy to the cotton fields of the South as a slave, and then interrogated herself as to how she felt” (Young 1999, 35). If the political power of Uncle Tom’s Cabin derived in large part from its capacity to make white audiences identify with the sufferings of its slave protagonists, such critiques marked this identification as a fundamentally solipsistic phenomenon. Instead of identification, plantation novels tended to represent slaves as alien beings without a moral or rational core; such creatures were unsuited to autonomy.

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