Discourses of Slavery and Abolition brings together for the first time the most important strands of current thinking on the relationship between slavery and categories of writing, oratory and visual culture in the "long" eighteenth century. The book begins by examining writing about slavery and race by both philosophers and by authors such as Aphra Behn. It considers self-representation in the works of Ignatius Sancho, Olaudah Equiano, James Williams and Mary Prince. The final section reads literary and cultural texts associated with the abolition movements of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries, moving beyond traditional accounts of the documents of that movement to show the importance of religious writing, children's literature, and the relationship between art and abolition.
I teach and research English literature at Kingston University, London, where I am a specialist in the cultural history of slavery and its abolition. I have been studying this topic for almost twenty years, and have written or edited four books on the subject - with more to come.
I spent almost a year in Philadelphia researching my most recent book, From Peace to Freedom, where I read more than a century of Quaker minutes! I was also lucky enough to spend time in Barbados, where Quakers first started to question their involvement in the slave trade.
I have just edited, with Geoff Plank, a collection of essays about Quakers and slavery which will be out in 2013. I am currently writing a book about the relationship between antislavery and environmental consciousness.
You can find out more about me and my work from my website at http://www.brycchancarey.com