Mastery and Slavery in Victorian Writing

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Taking Hegel's famous "Master-Slave Dialectic" as its starting point, this wide-ranging book examines portrayals of masters, slaves, and servants in works by Carlyle, Dickens, Eliot, Collins and others. The questions raised about modern mastery and slavery are pursued in relation to intriguing 19th century figures as the American slave-holder, the musician, the demagogue, and the Jew.

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Taking Hegel's famous "Master-Slave Dialectic" as its starting point, this wide-ranging book examines portrayals of masters, slaves, and servants in works by Carlyle, Dickens, Eliot, Collins and others. The questions raised about modern mastery and slavery are pursued in relation to intriguing 19th century figures as the American slave-holder, the musician, the demagogue, and the Jew.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780333993125
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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Jonathan Taylor is at the University of Loughborough.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Master-Slave Relations, Master-Slave Pacts
1 Capitalists, Castrators and Criminals: Violent Masters and Slaves in Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White
2 'Servants' Logic' and Analytical Chemistry: Intellectual Masters and Servants in George Eliot and Charles Dickens
3 Slaveholders and Democrats: Combined Masters and Slaves in Thomas Carlyle, Charles Dickens' American Notes and Frederick Douglass's Narrative
4 Heroes, Hero-Worshippers and Jews: Music Masters, Slaves and Servants in Thomas Carlyle, Richard Wagner, George Eliot and George Du Maurier
5 Stump Orators, Phantasm Captains and Mutual Recognition: Popular Masters and Masterlessness in Dickens' Hard Times and Thomas Caryle's 'Stump-Orator'
Afterword, After Slavery, After Shooting Niagara
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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