This quantity examines Romantic literary discourse on the subject of colonial politics and the peoples and locations with which the British have been more and more getting into touch. It investigates themes from slavery to tropical sickness, faith and commodity construction, in a variety of writers from Edmund Burke to Hannah extra, William Blake to Phyllis Wheatley, Olaudah Equiano to Mary Shelley, Thomas Clarkson to Lord Byron. jointly, the essays represent a wide evaluation of Romanticism's engagement with India, Africa, the West Indies, South the US and the center East.
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63 Nancy Stepan has demonstrated 61 62 63 ' T h e Orientalism of Byron's Giaour', in Byron: the Limits of Fiction, ed. Bernard Beatty (Totowa, N e w Jersey, 1988), p. 78. For a judicious discussion of the effect of women's subordinate gender position on their representations of the colonized see Laura E. Donaldson, Decolonizing Feminisms: Race, Gender and Empire-Building (London, 1993). See also, Moira Ferguson, Subject to Others: British Women Writers and Colonial Slavery, 1760-1834 (London and New York, 1992); Anne McClintock, Imperial Leather: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest (New York, 1995); Moira Ferguson, Colonialism and Gender Relations from Mary Wollstonecraft to Jamaica Kincaid: East Caribbean Connections (New York, 1993); Susan Meyer, Imperialism at Home: Race and Victorian Women's Fiction (Ithaca and London, 1996).
257. Martin Esslin, Blake's Commercial Engravings (Oxford, 1993). For Stedman, see Pratt, Imperial Eyes, pp. 90-102. Erdman, Blake: Prophet Against Empire, p. 228. 51 Certainly Blake had a tendency to subordinate issues of race and gender to the dictates of his own highly-developed symbolic structures, so much so that in The Song of Los (c. 1795) skin colour is a sign of the fall into materialism and rationalism: Adam shuddered; Noah faded. 52 Responses to discovery of the island of Tahiti (or Otaheite as Europe knew it in the period) and its inhabitants were very different but equally complex.
333~57; Patrick J. Keane, Coleridge's Submerged Politics. See also Trevor H. Levere, Poetry Realized in Nature: Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Early Nineteenth-Century Science (Cambridge, 1981), pp. 114-15. Anthropological Treatises of Blumenbach, pp. 310-12. 2O PETER J. 26 The Romantic period thus witnessed the beginnings of a paradigm shift in race theory and in the ways 'race' was related to nationality and culture. By discussing various representations or constructions of the African in a number of writers of the time, we can see how this paradigm shift was manifesting itself, and how, in speaking for and/or giving voice to an estranged and silenced 'Other', the literature of the period was complicit with, and/or resistant to, such trends.