The authors and editors Debbie Lee and Kathryn Newfont, as well as other naturalists included here, describe this careful attention to the land and the creatures that live on it, and declare that “the land itself speaks.” It is this possibility of discovering what various animals and plants mean by what they do that makes this book unusual and fascinating. --Valerie Yow, The Oral History Review
Debbie Lee and Kathryn Newfont's collection of essays explores the way everyday people talk about their relationships to public lands. --Jillian Sparks, RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage
The Land Speaks explores the intersections of two vibrant fields, oral history and environmental studies. The essays cover urban, rural, suburban, and wilderness areas. They examine forests, rivers, lakes, and agricultural fields. They treat crops, trees, dunes, mammals, insects, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and birds. Narrators and authors contest established narratives and shed light on entirely untold stories. They consider topics ranging from environmental activism to wilderness management to public health, raising questions about the roles of water, neglected urban spaces, land ownership concepts, protectionist activism, and climate change. The authors argue that oral history can capture communication from the land and serve as a tool for environmental problem solving.
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The stories told by Debbie Lee in Romantic Liars--of women who led fake lives and fooled a great many people--are extraordinary. The details of how they got away with their impersonations for as long as they did remain fascinating, and Lee is lives to the sensational aspects of many of these tales, which are told in an easy and informal style. --Sharon Ruston, The Times Literary Supplement
Lee skillfully weaves together biography and cultural history to bring out the social implications of imposture: why is the impostor a transgressive figure? why do they become celebrities? what function do they serve? Almost all of Lee' s impostors are women who disguised themselves to create social opportunities which they lacked through gender and class prejudice. --Nick Groom, Romanticism on the Net
Lee unfolds the stories of six women with a cast of supporting characters such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Benjamin Franklin, Stamford Raffles and Napoleon against the grand narrative of England's 18th century empire building. This book is a meticulously researched, spellbinding tale of tragedy, transformation and triumph in the age of reason.
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An important requirement for the establishment of knowledge is knowledge of the establishment. the authors of this well-researched and fascinating book have illustrated this truth more amply than they concede. --Robert Fraser, Modern Language Review
This is a wonderfully provocative book, replete with broad speculations, new ideas, forgotten facts, and neglected histories. Jointly conceived by three authors, it represents the best of interdisciplinary inquiry and scholarly engagement. The clarity of its introduction assures from the start an ongoing usefulness to students, general readers, and scholars. --Hermione de Almeida, Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History
In 1768, Captain James Cook made the most important scientific voyage of the eighteenth century. He was not alone: scores of explorers like Cook, travelling in the name of science, brought new worlds and new peoples within the horizon of European knowledge for the first time. Their discoveries changed the course of science. Old scientific disciplines, such as astronomy and botany, were transformed; new ones, like craniology and comparative anatomy, were brought into being. Scientific disciplines, in turn, pushed literature of the period toward new subjects, forms and styles. Works as diverse as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Wordsworth's Excursion responded to the explorers' and scientists' latest discoveries. This wide-ranging and well-illustrated study shows how literary Romanticism arose partly in response to science's appropriation of explorers' encounters with foreign people and places and how it, in turn, changed the profile of science and exploration. Coauthored with Tim Fulford and Peter J. Kitson
Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title
Winner of the Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship
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This lively new study explores the diverse ways in which British Romantic writers responded to the 'great moral question' of their era, that of slavery. . . . A valuable reconstruction of a key aspect of the cultural imagination of the Romantic period. --Times Literary Supplement
A major contribution to the cultural understanding of Romanticism. Though there have been studies of Romanticism and slavery, none has the range of historical reference and the broad interpretive contexts provided by Lee. —Alan Bewell, University of Toronto
Intelligent and carefully researched. . . . Strongly recommended. --Choice
The Romantic movement had profound social implications for nineteenth-century British culture. Among the most significant, Debbie Lee contends, was the change it wrought to insular Britons' ability to distance themselves from the brutalities of chattel slavery. In the broadest sense, she asks what the relationship is between the artist and the most hideous crimes of his or her era. In dealing with the Romantic period, this question becomes more specific: what is the relationship between the nation's greatest writers and the epic violence of slavery? In answer, Slavery and the Romantic Imagination provides a fully historicized and theorized account of the intimate relationship between slavery, African exploration, "the Romantic imagination," and the literary works produced by this conjunction.
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.
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.
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. --
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.