Transatlantic Insurrections: British Culture and the Formation of American Literature, 1730-1860 (review)

Transatlantic Insurrections: British Culture and the Formation of American Literature, 1730-1860... Reviews { 557 Matthew Lewis, whose ``revolutionary energies'' are ``sublimated in a distinctive tendency of the romantic consciousness to privatize and aestheticize experience'' (174). Aesthetic concerns are also apparent in Beckford's Descriptive Account of the Island of Jamaica, in which ``the factual is persistently interrupted by a compulsive aestheticism'' (119). Such a theoretically dense study is made more accessible by 26 pages of helpful notes and eight pages of ``select bibliography.'' The Cultural Politics of Sugar will be essential reading for scholars of the early colonial Caribbean and of imperial, early American, postcolonial, and cultural studies. Sandiford's admixture of a French text in an otherwise strictly English collection points up the need for more comparative literary analysis of the Caribbean region. And his century-long gap between his first two texts and his latter four calls out for further study of a critically important period in the English-speaking Caribbean--a period when Britain becomes the principal slave trader and secures its hold on a large portion of the region, and when the antislavery movement is born. United States Air Force Academy THOMAS W. KRISE Transatlantic Insurrections: British Culture and the Formation of American Literature, 1730­1860 PAUL GILES. Philadelphia: University of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early American Literature University of North Carolina Press

Transatlantic Insurrections: British Culture and the Formation of American Literature, 1730-1860 (review)

Early American Literature, Volume 37 (3) – Dec 5, 2002

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Reviews { 557 Matthew Lewis, whose ``revolutionary energies'' are ``sublimated in a distinctive tendency of the romantic consciousness to privatize and aestheticize experience'' (174). Aesthetic concerns are also apparent in Beckford's Descriptive Account of the Island of Jamaica, in which ``the factual is persistently interrupted by a compulsive aestheticism'' (119). Such a theoretically dense study is made more accessible by 26 pages of helpful notes and eight pages of ``select bibliography.'' The Cultural Politics of Sugar will be essential reading for scholars of the early colonial Caribbean and of imperial, early American, postcolonial, and cultural studies. Sandiford's admixture of a French text in an otherwise strictly English collection points up the need for more comparative literary analysis of the Caribbean region. And his century-long gap between his first two texts and his latter four calls out for further study of a critically important period in the English-speaking Caribbean--a period when Britain becomes the principal slave trader and secures its hold on a large portion of the region, and when the antislavery movement is born. United States Air Force Academy THOMAS W. KRISE Transatlantic Insurrections: British Culture and the Formation of American Literature, 1730­1860 PAUL GILES. Philadelphia: University of

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