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Living CargoHow Black Britain Performs Its Past$
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Steven Blevins

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816697144

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816697144.001.0001

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Living Rough

Living Rough

The Disposition and Dispensation of Aleatory Life

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(p.67) Chapter 2 Living Rough
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Living Cargo
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Steven Blevins

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816697144.003.0003

The second chapter offers an extended reading of A Harlot’s Progress that illustrates the novel’s spectacular orchestration of far-flung art-historical citations taken from the social satires of William Hogarth. By depicting the search of an eighteenth-century abolitionist for an authentic, first-person account of the violence of slavery, the novel underscores the condition of human life at the intersection of law and commerce, and the problematic relationship between the reading public and the instances of cruelty on which they are easily transfixed.

Keywords:   Black Britain, Colonial archive, Public culture, Carceral assemblages, Slavery, Literary Criticism, Narratives, Tropes

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