Oroonoko

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"When Prince Oroonoko's passion for the virtuous Imoinda arouses the jealousy of his grandfather, the lovers are cast into slavery and transported from Africa to the colony of Surinam. Oroonoko's noble bearing soon wins the respect of his English captors, but his struggle for freedom brings about his destruction. Inspired by Aphra Behn's visit to Surinam, Oroonoko reflects the author's romantic view of native peoples as in 'the first state of innocence, before man knew how to sin'. The novel also reveals Behn's ambiguous attitude to African
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Oroonoko: Or, The Royal Slave, A True Story

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"When Prince Oroonoko's passion for the virtuous Imoinda arouses the jealousy of his grandfather, the lovers are cast into slavery and transported from Africa to the colony of Surinam. Oroonoko's noble bearing soon wins the respect of his English captors, but his struggle for freedom brings about his destruction. Inspired by Aphra Behn's visit to Surinam, Oroonoko reflects the author's romantic view of native peoples as in 'the first state of innocence, before man knew how to sin'. The novel also reveals Behn's ambiguous attitude to African slavery - while she favoured it as a means to strengthen England's rule, her powerful and moving work conveys its injustice and brutality." This new edition of Oroonoko is based on the first printed version of 1688, and includes a chronology, further reading and notes. In her introduction, Janet Todd examines Aphra Behn's views of slavery, colonization and politics, and her position as a professional woman writer in Restoration.
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Including the full text of Aphra Behn's novella , this volume explores its global historical context through a number of literary, philosophical, and historical texts designed to place the work in a literary history as well as a relational history of the three regions the story unites: West Africa, The Caribbean, and England. Documents from each corner of the "Triangular Trade," such as slave trader correspondence, travel accounts from Surinam, and legal decisions concerning slavery in England, combine to add to the richness of this earliest literary narrative written in English about an American colony. Gallagher is an English literature professor at the U. of California, Berkeley. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440423000
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Publication date: 9/17/2008
  • Pages: 92
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Series
About This Volume
Illustrations
Pt. 1 Oroonoko; or, The Royal Slave: The Complete Text 1
Pt. 2 Oroonoko; or, The Royal Slave: Cultural Contexts 101
1 Adaptations of Oroonoko 103
from Oroonoko, a Tragedy 107
From Oroonoko, a Tragedy 132
2 Literary Contexts 141
The Golden Age. A Paraphrase on a Translation out of French 146
To the Fair Clarinda, Who Made Love to Me, Imagin'd More Than Woman 153
A Congratulatory Poem to the King's Most Sacred Majesty, on the Happy Birth of the Prince of Wales 154
The Unfortunate Bride: or, The Blind Lady a Beauty 156
from Dialogue between the Pagan and the Christian 166
from On Cannibals 168
from The Masque of Blacknesse 175
from The Indian Emperor 180
On Inkle and Yarico (The Spectator, No. 11) 190
On a Slave Love-Triangle (The Spectator, No. 215) 196
from Robinson Crusoe 199
3 West Africa in the Triangular Trade 208
from The Golden Trade 217
From Relation du voyage fait sur les costes d'Afrique, 1670-1671 223
Correspondence of Slave Traders in the Royal African Company 230
from A Journal of a Voyage Made in the Hannibal 234
from A New and Accurate Description of the Coast of Guinea 244
from A New Account of Guinea, and the Slave Trade 253
from Some Memoirs of the Life of Job, the Son of Solomon 259
from Travels into the Inland Parts of Africa 273
From The Royal African: Or, Memoirs of the Young Prince of Annamaboe 278
from Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil and Wicked Traffic of the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species 303
from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African 310
4 The Caribbean in the Triangular Trade 326
from The Discovery of the Large, Rich, and Beautiful Empire of Guiana 334
Colonial Life in Suriname 337
from An Impartial Description of Surinam 351
from A True and Exact History of the Island of Barbados 355
from The Negro's and Indians Advocate, Suing for Their Admission into the Church 365
from A Discourse in Way of Dialogue, between an Ethiopean or Negro-Slave and a Christian 368
from The Groans of the Plantations 375
from Narrative of a Five Years Expedition against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam 377
from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African 391
5 Britain in the Triangular Trade 393
from Utopia 401
An Act for the Punishing of Vagabonds, and for the Reliefe of the Poore and Impotent Persons 405
Petitions Protesting the Enslavement of Political Prisoners 408
Legal Decisions Concerning Slavery in England 414
from The Groans of the Plantations 423
From A Discourse of the Duties on Merchandize, More Particularly of that on Sugars 428
from An Historical Account of the Rise and Growth of the West-India Collonies 433
from Tryon's Letters upon Several Occasions 441
On an African Prince at a Performance of Oroonoko 445
from The Dying Negro 447
from Letters of Ignatius Sancho 451
from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African 458
Selected Bibliography 464
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  • Anonymous

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    Powerful!

    I read this in a Women's Lit. class I was taking, and this story is so moving. I was in tears when I finished the story. This story gives you insight on how a Black man was robbed of his freedom and fell into the chains of slavery. His death along with his wife is moving. It is a Romantic/ Tragedy novel.

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