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HB-262280-19

Deanna Koretsky
Spelman College (Atlanta, GA 30314-4399)
British Literature, Suicide, and the Bounds of Liberalism in the Romantic Era

Completion of a book-length project on political and literary relationships between British Romanticism, suicide, the transatlantic slave trade.

This monograph traces the racialized antecedents of a well-known figure in British Romantic literature, the melancholy genius who dies by suicide. The project demonstrates how Romantic-era writers also used the idea of suicide to interrogate the roots of racial inequality based in liberal political philosophies. Individual chapters investigate the period's notions of property, personhood, citizenship, and sympathy in works by canonical and lesser-known writers of African and European descent, including Thomas Day and John Bicknell, Olaudah Equiano, Mary and Percy Shelley, William Wordsworth, William Wells Brown, and James Williams. This will be the first monograph focused on the Romantic period within a growing bibliography on the history of suicide and its role in political discourses.

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Project fields:
African American Studies; British Literature

Program:
Awards for Faculty

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 6/30/2019