Oroonoko; or, The Royal Slave / Edition 1

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This edition of Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko features a generous selection of thematically organized historical materials including explorers’ descriptions of the “new world” of the Caribbean; planters’ accounts of the sugar colonies; firsthand accounts of the slave trade from Dutch and English traders and abducted Africans; and early abolitionist publications by Europeans and former slaves. Excerpts from works by Ben Jonson, John Dryden, Richard Steele, and Daniel Defoe enrich students’ understanding of the literary contexts for Behn’s portrayal of “blackness” in Oroonoko.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312108137
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Series: Bedford Cultural Editions Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 473
  • Sales rank: 838,199
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Series
About This Volume


Introduction: Cultural and Historical Background

Chronology of Behn's Life and Times

A Note on the Text

Oroonoko; or, The Royal Slave


1. Adaptations of Oroonoko
Thomas Southerne, from Oroonoko, a Tragedy

2. Literary Contexts
Aphra Behn, The Golden Age. A Paraphrase on a Translation out of the French
Aphra Behn, To the Fair Clarinda, Who Made Love to Me, Imagin'd More Than Woman
Aphra Behn, A Congratulatory Poem to the King's Most Sacred Majesty, on the Happy Birth of the Prince of Wales
Aphra Behn, The Unfortunate Bride: or, The Blind Lady a Beauty
Sir John Mandeville, from Dialogue between the Pagan and the Christian
Michel de Montaigne, from On Cannibals
Ben Jonson, from The Masque of Blacknesse
John Dryden, from The Indian Emperor
Richard Steele, On Inkle and Yarico (The Spectator, No. 11)
Joseph Addison, On a Slave Love-Triangle (The Spectator, No. 215)
Daniel Defoe, from Robinson Crusoe

3. Africa in the Triangular Trade
Richard Jobson, from The Golden Trade
From Rélation du voyage fait sur les costes d'Afrique, 1670-1671
John Carter and Joseph Blyth, Correspondence of Slave Traders in the Royal African Company
Thomas Phillips, from A Journal of a Voyage Made in the Hannibal
Willem Bosman, from A New and Accurate Description of the Coast of Guinea
William Snelgrave, from A New Account of Guinea, and the Slave Trade
Thomas Bluett, from Some Memoirs of the Life of Job, the Son of Solomon
Francis Moore, from Travels into the Inland Parts of Africa
From The Royal African: Or, Memoirs of the Young Prince of Annamaboe
Ottobah Cugoano, from Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil and Wicked Traffic of the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species
Olaudah Equiano, from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African

4. The Caribbean in the Triangular Trade
Sir Walter Raleigh, from The Discovery of the Large, Rich, and Beautiful Empire of Guiana
Colonial Life in Suriname
George Warren, from An Impartial Description of Surinam
Richard Ligon, from A True and Exact History of the Island of Barbados
Morgan Godwyn, from The Negro's and Indians Advocate, Suing for Their Admission into the Church
Thomas Tryon, from A Discourse in Way of Dialogue, between an Ethiopean or Negro-Slave and a Christian
Edward Littleton, from The Groans of the Plantations
John Gabriel Stedman, from Narrative of a Five Years Expedition against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam
Olaudah Equiano, from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African

5. Britain in the Triangular Trade
Sir Thomas More, from Utopia
An Act for the Punishing of Vagabonds, and for the Reliefe of the Poore and Impotent Persons
Petitions Protesting Enslavement of Political Prisoners
Legal Decisions Concerning Slavery in England
Edward Littleton, from The Groans of the Plantations
From A Discourse of the Duties on Merchandize, More Particularly of that on Sugars
Sir Dalby Thomas, from An Historical Account of the Rise and Growth of the West-India Collonies
Thomas Tryon, from Tryon's Letters upon Several Occasions
On an African Prince at a Performance of Oroonoko
Thomas Day, from The Dying Negro
Ignatius Sancho, from Letters of Ignatius Sancho
Olaudah Equiano, from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African

Selected Bibliography

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