Schedule with online readings

Reading Schedule

NB: All links are for students enrolled in this class. At the end of semester, all sources not readily available on line will be unlinked from this site.

Please read and review the assigned works for class on the day that they are listed.

Assignments are due on the dates listed in the schedule.

Readings not included in the Required Books will be made available online via the course website, and are marked in the schedule with an asterisk (*). All materials I make available to my class via DropBox will be removed at the end of semester.

This schedule is subject to change according to the pace and interests of our class, as well as other opportunities that arise during the semester.

Suggested readings are included below, and when possible, links will be provided to them.

Others will be added throughout the semester to the website.

See also the recommendations from last semester @

Unit I: Black London

Week 1: January 13:

Introductions: Syllabus and Requirements; Overview of Atlantic World Studies and the Black Atlantic; Historical Contexts for Primary Texts as well as the Scholarship/Recovery History; Shifts in definitions of “race” in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth-century; Anglophone culture and the British Empire. Race and Visual Culture in Britain.

Week 2: January 20:

Nussbaum. “Introduction” in Global Eighteenth Century [hereafter Global] (1-18)

Choose at least three (3) of the following in Global (52- 120):

  1. Morgan. “The Caribbean Islands in Atlantic Context, circa 1500-1800”
  2. Edney. “Bringing India to Hand: Mapping an Empire, Denying Space”
  3. Batchelor. “Concealing the Bounds: Imaging the British Nation through China”
  4. Roach. “The Global Parasol: Accessorizing the Four Corners of the World”
  5. Brown. “Oceans and Floods: Fables of Global Perspective”

*Gerzina. “Paupers and Princes: Repainting the Picture of Eighteenth-Century England” (1-28) from Black London: Life before Emancipation

*Linebaugh and Rediker. Intro, Chapter 5, Conclusion (1-7, 143-173, 327-354) in Many-Headed Hydra



Armitage, “John Locke, Carolina, and The Two Treatises”; Linebaugh and Rediker, Chapter 6 in Many-Headed Hydra (174-210); Lenman, “Colonial Wars and Imperial Instability, 1688-1793” and Rodger, “Sea-Power and Empire, 1688-1793,” in Oxford History of the British Empire (the whole book is online through HU’s library database) ; Locke, Chs. I-IX, from Second Treatise of Government ; Lowe. “The Intimacies of Four Continents” in Haunted by Empire; Lowe. “A Fetishism of Colonial Commodities” from The Intimacies of Four Continents; Trouillot. Chapter 2 in Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History; Yang. Intro in Performing China: Virtue, Commerce, and Orientalism in Eighteenth-century England, 1660-1760 (the whole book is online through HU’s library database) ; Gilory. The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double-Consciousness (Harvard University Press, 1993); Wallace. Consuming Subjects: Women, Shopping and Business in the 18th Century (Columbia University Press, 1997).

Week 3: January 27:

Sancho. Introduction, Main Text, and Appendix F in Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, an African.


Sterne. Sentimental Journey (1768)  excerpt: The Starling scenes. In this edition, see pages 24-38. The handout in class is from Bartleby.

And if you would like a longer excerpt of the Tristram Shandy passage quoted on p.313 of your editions, here is a longer excerpt.

Brycchan Carey’s Sancho Resource Page; Gerzina .“High Life Below Stairs” in Black London: Life before Emancipation; Carey. “’The Extraodinary Negro’:Ignatius Sancho, Joseph Jekyll, and the Problem of Biography”; Ellis. “Ignatius Sancho’s Letters: Sentimental Libertinism and the Politics of Form” and Nussbaum. “Being a Man: Olaudah Equiano and Ignatius Sancho” in Genius in Bondage: Literature of the Early Black Atlantic; Cary, Ellis, and Salih, editors. Discourses of Slavery and Abolition: Britain and its Colonies, 1760-1838 (Palgrave, 2004); King, editor. Ignatius Sancho: An African Man of Letters (National Portrait Gallery, 1997); Sandiford. Measuring the Moment: Strategies of Protest in Eighteenth-Century Afro-English Writing (Associated UP, 1988).

Week 4: February 3:

Anonymous. The Woman of Colour: A Tale (1810).

*Fielder. “The Woman of Colour and Black Atlantic Movement” in Women’s Narratives of the Early Americas and the Formation of Empire

Watch: Belle (film) – If you have trouble watching the film, please let me know as soon as possible. A DVD is also available upon request.

Kriz. “Marketing Mulatresses” and Rogers. “War, Race, Labor” in Global (195-225)


Gerzina. “Sharp and Mansfield: Slavery in the Courts” in Black London; Draper. Intro and Chapter 1: “The Absentee Slave-Owner: Representations and Identities” (pdf in two files: Part 1 and Part 2) in The Price of Emancipation: Slave-Ownership, Compesnation, and British Society at the End of Slavery; Moody. Posts tagged with “Lord Mansfield”; Steedman. “Lord Mansfield’s Women” [this article is also in her book, Labours Lost: Domestic Service and the Making of Modern England (Cambridge University Press, 2009)] – New since syllabus: Iwanisziw. “Intermarriage in Late-Eighteenth-Century British Literature: Currents in Assimilation and Exclusion.“Eighteenth-Century Life 31.2 (2007): 56-82.

Excerpts will be provided (in class) from the following 18th-19th century novels (current links are to the full texts): Daughter of Adoption (1801), Belinda (1801), Mansfield Park (1814), Emma (1815), and Cecilia Valdés (Spanish Version)(1839).

NB: clarifications to the above section on excerpts has been added to this site, and are not reflected on the syllabus.

Unit II: Americas

Week 5: February 10:

All Appendices in Obi, or, The History of Three-Fingered Jack (1800).

Dillon. New World Drama (1-96)


Boulukos. “Maria Edgeworth’s ‘Grateful Negro’ and the sentimental Argument for Slavery”;Aravamudan, Tropicopolitans: Colonialism and Agency, 1688-1804 (Duke University Press, 1999) – see library, or you can borrow my copy.

Excerpts will be provided from Narrative of Two Voyages to the River Sierra Leone During the Years 1791-2-3, in a Series of Letters (1794), Secret History; or, The Horrors of St. Domingo (1809), and Journal of a Lady of Quality.

Week 6: February 17:

Earle. Obi, or, The History of Three-Fingered Jack (1800).

*Smallwood. Introduction. Saltwater Slavery. ~ An e-version of this book is available through HU libraries.

* Johnson, “’You Should Give them Blacks to Eat’: Waging Inter-American Wars,” American Quarterly 61:1 (March 2009): 65-92


Morgan. “‘Hannah and Hir Children’: Reproduction and Creolization Among Enslaved Women” in Laboring Women Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery –  (this entire volume is also available as an ebook inthe WRLC catalogue);

Johnson. The Fear of French Negroes Transcolonial Collaboration in the Revolutionary Americas (UC Press, 2012) – New addition to this list: Gibbs. “Toussaint, Gabriel, and Three Finger’d Jack: ‘Courageous Chiefs’ and the ‘Sacred Standard of Liberty’ on the Atlantic Stage.” Early American Studies 13:3 (Summer 2015): 626-660.

Week 7: February 24:

Anonymous. Intro, Main Text, and all Appendices in The Female American: Or, The Adventures of Unca Eliza Winkfield (1767)

Hulme. “Black, Yellow, and White on St. Vincent,” in Global

*Bowen. “Transatlantic Anglicanism in The Female AmericanThe Eighteenth Century 53:2 (2012):189 — or (added since syllabus) Reilly. “‘No eye has seen, or ear heard’: Arabic Sources for Quaker Subjectivity in Unca Eliza Winkfield’s The Female American.” Eighteenth-Century Studies. 44:2 (Winter 2011): 261-283


Chakrabarty, “Introduction” in Provincializing Europe; Burke, “Four Master Tropes,” in Grammar of Motives (link to pdf of whole book):

White, “Introduction,” “Forms of Wildness” “Noble Savage Theme as Fetish,” in Tropics of Discourse(link to pdf of whole book); Liu, “Crusoe’s Earthenware Pot.”Critical Inquiry. 25:4 (Summer 1999): 728-757

Excerpts will be provided from Paul et Virginie (go here for the French Version)(1787) and Colonel Jack (1722)

Week 8: March 2:

*Gay. Beggars’ Opera (1728) and Polly (1729, performed 1777, 1922).

NB: the links for the plays above go to digitizations of older editions. If you would like a scholarly modern edition, with footnotes, glosses, etc., use these links:  Beggars Opera and Polly.

* Burney. A Busy Day (1800)

Dillon, New World Drama (97-140)


Watch film adaptations of Beggars’ Opera (here is the link to the 1953 film adaptation; the 1963 BBC adaptation is embedded below; there is also a good 1983 version, clips are available on YouTube), including Kurt Weill’s 1928 adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s Threepenny Opera (fully available on YouTube and embedded below). Search for performances of “Mack, the Knife”


Week 9: March 9:

*Melish. Introduction, Chapter 1 and 5.  from Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation and “Race” in New England, 1780–1860

* Newell. Intro, Chapter 7, 8, and Epilogue from Brethren by Nature: New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery

* Petitions and Court Cases: Prince Hall (petition documents, Massachusetts Historical Society Exhibit offering context) , Quock Walker (petition [no transcription]legal notes on his case, Massachusetts Historical Society Exhibit offering context on Walker and Freeman), Elizabeth Mumbett Freeman (Brom and Bett v. Ashley [digital surrogates with transcription], state-sponsored site on the case [includes digital surrogates without transcription], more MHS digital exhibits)


See the resources at on New England Slavery; Gagnon and Green articles on Britton Hammon in Journeys of the Slave Narrative in the Early Americas.(to be scanned, but I have a copy if you wish to read it beforehand.)

Added post-syllabus:

Some fast, but interesting reading/listening material.

Onion. “America’s Other Original Sin.” Slate. 18 January 2016. Web.

Rushworth and Kahn. Native American Slaves in New France. Slate. 18 January 2016. Web.

Episode 064: Brett Rushforth, Native American Slavery in New France.”Ben Franklin’s World. 12 January 2016. Podcast

Spring Break March 12 to March 20

Week 10: March 23:

Updated! Meet in MSRC!

Schedule slightly changed.

*Read both the Florence Hall piece[I recommend looking at the surrounding exhibit for context] and Memoirs of Elleanor Eldridge  [read both summary and html of Memoir](1838)

Dillon, New World (165-214)

*Stoler, “Tense and Tender,” in Haunted by Empire (23-67)


Dawdy, “Proper Caresses,” Brown, “Body Work” in Stoler, ed., Haunted by Empire (to be scanned); Brown. The Life of William J. Brown of Providence, R.I. (1883) – hard copies available in MSRC)

Added post syllabus:

Jones. Chapter 3: “Elleanor Eldridge: ‘Complexional Hinderance’ in Antebellum Rhode Island” A Dreadful Deceit

Moved to Suggested: Turkish Embassy Letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu; Lady Maria Nugent’s journal; The Hart Sisters: Early African Caribbean Writers, Evangelicals, and Radicals( Ed. Ferguson) [I have hard copies of the Montagu and Hart books that you can borrow, if interested]

Week 11: March 30:

Midterms Due/Discuss Midterms

Week 12: April 6:

Part III: “Islands” in Global (239-324)


Work on your Abstracts and Bibliographies!!

Unit III: Beyond the Atlantic:

Week 13: April 13:

Abstract and Bibliography Due

Colley. “The Narrative of Elizabeth marsh: Barbary, Sex, and Power,” Joseph “Proxies of Power: Woman in the Colonial Archive,” Teltscher “The Lama and The Scotsman: George Bogle in Bhutan and Tibet, 1774-1775” in Global


Cope and Cahill, eds. Citizens of the World: Adapting the Eighteenth Century (Bucknell University Press, 2015.
cover of Citizens of the World Bucknell 2015
See especially: Preface, Introduction, Czennia. “Wide-Open Hemispheres: Punch Bowls, Punch, and World Citizenship in Eighteenth-Century British Culture”; Chew. “‘The Story is Now About Us’: Olive Senior to ‘England’s Wealthiest Sons‘”; Duncan. “Avast Ye Mateys! There Be Pirates Here—But How will We Recognize Them?”; Spencer and Nguyen. “Sea and Mulberry: Hồ Xuân Hunong, Nguyễn Du, and the Establishment of a Vietnamese National Literature

Week 14: April 20:

Seminar Paper Draft and Presentations

Exam Week: Seminar Paper Due

Deadline Determined

Monday, May 2nd, by email before midnight