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First Place (Memoir) • Idaho Writers Guild 2020 Competition 

7-Coming Up, Chosen by Pacific Northwest Bookseller's Association 2019


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“Our hope is that this foray will inspire others to seek out oral histories from the land.” from Introduction to The Land Speaks, Debbie Lee and Kathryn Newfont, Oxford University Press, 2017.


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“Imposters are successful because they tap into powerful cultural myths and because they have an uncanny ability to reflect our own personal fantasies back to us.” –from Introduction to Romantic Liars


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Winner, American Library Association Award, 2010 (Print/Media, Humanities/Languages and Literatures) 

"In 1768 Britain had been launched on a new voyage by Cook and Banks: now, in 1833, the course was altering." --Conclusion, Literature Science and Exploration: Bodies of Knowledge


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“In the broadest sense, this book asks: what is the relationship between the artist and the most hideous crimes of his or her era?” –Introduction, Slavery and the Romantic Imagination

Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title

Winner of the Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship

Early Black British Writing


Coedited with Alan Richardson
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One of the most significant developments in current literary studies is the rediscovery and reevaluation of texts by British writers of African descent. This volume combines popular texts with hard-to-find selections in a format that enables students to place them in their historical and cultural contexts. For instructors, the collection offers reliable texts, stimulating context pieces, and the most useful modern critical essays. The book is divided into four sections: Narratives, Poetry, Voices (letters), and Criticism. Native African and African-heritage authors living in Great Britain and British colonies include Ukawasaw Gronniosaw, an African prince; John Jea, a preacher; Mary Prince, a slave living in the West Indies; and Juan Francisco Manzano, a slave living in Cuba.

Slavery, Abolition, and Emancipation

8 volumes
Lead General Editor with Peter J. Kitson
Volume Editors: Sukhdev Sandhu, David Dabydeen, Alan Richardson, Jeffrey N. Cox, Srinivas Aravamudan, Alan Bewell
Advisory Editors: Anne Mellor, and James Walvin

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"The virtue of the work derives from the selection, which ensures that the reader is constantly fascinated and engaged." --Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, The London Times

"The eight volumes in this collection represent an ambitious and enterprising project to make available key texts from one of the most significant episodes in British history." --Dr John Marriott, Reviews in History

"In a new epoch of laissez faire and rampant commodification, the insight and imagination of the abolitionists remains no less timely and instructive than it was in the Age of Romanticism." --Robin Blackburn, Bryn Mar Review of Comparative Literature

"Most of the individual volumes contain texts from far outside that chronological rubric . . . Surely, a new era of scholarship will now begin;— what once was specialized knowledge may now become required reading." --Charlotte Susan, Romantic Circles

This eight-volume series brings together primary texts which reveal the complexity of opinion about abolition and emancipation during this period. One collect whole works and selections which represent everything written by late 18th-century and early 19th century black writers. Two presents documents from the abolition debate. Three, four, and five contain the most influential and representative literary pieces in poetry, prose, and drama. Six reprints excerpts from slavery's representations in narrative. Finally, seven and eight document how the growing mass of ethnological, scientific, botanical, epidemiological, and geographical data supplied a ready source for all kinds of schemes designed to reduce strangeness to order.

Travels, Explorations, and Empires, 1770-1835

8 volumes
Editor of Volume 5: African Travels
General Editors: Peter J. Kitson and Tim Fulford

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The editors have done a magnificent job of selecting the most seminal texts from a truly massive corpus of contemporary travel literature. --James McKusick, The Wordsworth Circle

This compendium’s eight volumes bring together selections from approximately a hundred travelogues, most of which have not been reedited since they were first published in the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries . . . this compilation will be of enormous utility to those historians or literature specialists. --EBRO: Eighteenth-Century Book Reviews Online

A collection of work that attempts to reflect the diversity of travel literature from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This literature often reveals something of the cultural and gender difference of the travelers, as well as ideas on colonialism, anthropology and slavery.