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RA-50056-07
NEH Fellowships at the John Carter Brown Library
Margot Nishimura, John Carter Brown Library

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Ordinary Lives in the Early Caribbean: Religion, Colonial Competition, and the Politics of Profit (Book)
Title: Ordinary Lives in the Early Caribbean: Religion, Colonial Competition, and the Politics of Profit
Author: Kristen Block
Abstract: Using the stories of ordinary people, this volume examines the entangled histories of Spain and England in the Caribbean during the seventeenth century, focusing on colonialism's two main goals: profit and Christian dominance. Seen from their perspective, the development of modern capitalism, race, and Christianity emerges as a story of negotiation, contingency, humanity, and the quest for community.
Year: 2012
Primary URL: http://www.worldcat.org/title/ordinary-lives-in-the-early-caribbean-religion-colonial-competition-and-the-politics-of-profit/oclc/768168211&referer=brief_results
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780820338682

Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage (Book)
Title: Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage
Author: Vincent Carretta
Abstract: Phillis Wheatley became the first English-speaking person of African descent to publish a book and only the second woman -- of any race or background -- to do so in America. Written in Boston while she was just a teenager, and when she was still a slave, Wheatley's work was an international sensation. In Phillis Wheatley, Vincent Carretta offers the first full-length biography of a figure whose origins and later life have remained shadowy despite her iconic status, uncovering new details about Wheatley's origins, her upbringing, and how she gained freedom. Carretta solves the mystery of John Peters, correcting the record of when he and Wheatley married and revealing what became of him after her death. Assessing Wheatley's entire body of work, Carretta discusses the likely role she played in the production, marketing, and distribution of her writing. Wheatley developed a remarkable transatlantic network that transcended racial, class, political, religious, and geographical boundaries. Carretta reconstructs that network and sheds new light on her religious and political identities. In the course of his research he discovered the earliest poem attributable to Wheatley and has included it and other unpublished poems in the biography. Carretta relocates Wheatley from the margins to the center of her eighteenth-century transatlantic world, revealing the life of a woman who rose from the indignity of enslavement to earn wide recognition, only to die in obscurity a few years later.
Year: 2011
Primary URL: http://www.worldcat.org/title/phillis-wheatley-biography-of-a-genius-in-bondage/oclc/719714733&referer=brief_results
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780820333380

Enlightenment Orientalism: Resisting the Rise of the Novel (Book) [show prizes]
Title: Enlightenment Orientalism: Resisting the Rise of the Novel
Author: Srinivas Aravamudan
Abstract: Srinivas Aravamudan here reveals how Oriental tales, pseudo-ethnographies, sexual fantasies, and political satires took Europe by storm during the eighteenth century. Naming this body of fiction Enlightenment Orientalism, he poses a range of urgent questions that uncovers the interdependence of Oriental tales and domestic fiction, thereby challenging standard scholarly narratives about the rise of the novel. More than mere exoticism, Oriental tales fascinated ordinary readers as well as intellectuals, taking the fancy of philosophers such as Voltaire, Montesquieu, and Diderot in France, and writers such as Defoe, Swift, and Goldsmith in Britain. Aravamudan shows that Enlightenment Orientalism was a significant movement that criticized irrational European practices even while sympathetically bridging differences among civilizations. A sophisticated reinterpretation of the history of the novel, Enlightenment Orientalism is sure to be welcomed as a landmark work in eighteenth-century studies.
Abstract: Srinivas Aravamudan here reveals how Oriental tales, pseudo-ethnographies, sexual fantasies, and political satires took Europe by storm during the eighteenth century. Naming this body of fiction Enlightenment Orientalism, he poses a range of urgent questions that uncovers the interdependence of Oriental tales and domestic fiction, thereby challenging standard scholarly narratives about the rise of the novel. More than mere exoticism, Oriental tales fascinated ordinary readers as well as intellectuals, taking the fancy of philosophers such as Voltaire, Montesquieu, and Diderot in France, and writers such as Defoe, Swift, and Goldsmith in Britain. Aravamudan shows that Enlightenment Orientalism was a significant movement that criticized irrational European practices even while sympathetically bridging differences among civilizations. A sophisticated reinterpretation of the history of the novel, Enlightenment Orientalism is sure to be welcomed as a landmark work in eighteenth-century studies.
Year: 2011
Primary URL: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/714726335
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Secondary URL: http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/E/bo12274753.html
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Access Model: Book publication
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780226024509
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes


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